Discrimination and Harassment

  • What is Discrimination?
    Discrimination is the unfavorable treatment of someone based on prejudice.  The following characteristics, in general, are protected from discrimination:

    • Age
    • Race/Ethnicity
    • Religion
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Physical or Mental Disability
    • Family Status
    • Sources of Income
    • Political Belief, Affiliation or Activity

    What is Harassment?
    Harassment is a form of discrimination. It is any behavior that is directed at and is offensive to an individual, or group based on that individual's or group's race, or culture, or ethnic, national origin etc. Such behavior may be verbal, physical, deliberate, or unsolicited. It may be one incident or a series of incidents.

    What is Sexual Harassment?
    Sexual Harassment is any...

    • Objectionable, coercive, or irritating comment, communication, action, or attention of a sexual nature that is directed to a person or persons by someone who knows, or ought reasonably to know, that such is unwelcome.
    • Action or communication with a sexual connotation or component that creates an intimidating, demeaning, or offensive work or school environment, even if they are directed to no person in particular.

    Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to...

    • Staring or leering
    • Unwelcome invitations of a sexual nature
    • Inappropriate or unwelcome touching or physical contact
    • Suggestive remarks and sexual jokes