Types of Workplace Harassment
Sexual Harassment - sexual harassment is when an employee is subjected to demeaning, offensive, and inappropriate physical, verbal, or written conduct of a sexual nature by another person, usually somewhere in a higher position than the victim. There are two types of sexual harassment - quid pro quo and a hostile work environment.
Quid Pro Quo is where an employer offers or withholds compensation or benefits in exchange for sexual favors. Often the employee is told their career can florish or be in trouble if they do not provide sexual favors.
Hostile work environment is where inappropriate behavior makes an employee uncomfortable in their jobs. This includes unwanted physical touches, sexual jokes or innuendos, or comments that are unsolicited by the employee.
Racial Harassment - racial harassment is when an employee is subjected to demeaning, offensive, and inappropriate conduct based on their racial identification. This includes addressing the employee in a derogatory way (using a derogative slang word) or telling derogatory jokes.
Age Harassment - age harassment is subjecting an employee to demeaning, offensive, and inappropriate conduct based on their age. This includes addressing an employee in derogatory way.
Religion, Disability, or Sexual Preference - these types of harassments are when an employee is subjected to demeaning, offensive, and inappropriate conduct based on their religious practices or beliefs, a disability (like speech, physical, or mental disabilities), or who they choose to love.