Discrimination or harassment can take many forms. It may be, but is not limited to: words, conduct, adverse job action, signs, jokes, intimidation, physical contact, or violence. While all forms of discrimination and harassment based on an individual’s legally protected status are prohibited, including but not limited to any action based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation or intern status, it is the CFDO/CTMOM’s policy to emphasize that sexual harassment is illegal and prohibited by both state and federal law.
Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome or unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other physical, verbal, or visual conduct based on sex when (1) submission to the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of employment, (2) submission to or rejection of the conduct is used as the basis for an employment decision, or (3) the conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include unwanted sexual advances; explicit sexual propositions; demands for sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment or continued employment; repeated sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, sexually oriented kidding, teasing, or practical jokes; jokes about gender-specific traits; foul or obscene body language or gestures; display of foul or obscene printed or visual material (including but not limited to e-mail); and physical contact, such as touching, patting, pinching or brushing against another’s body. The offender or the victim of harassment may either be a man or a woman and, in addition, harassment can occur involving persons of the same or opposite sex.