Workplace harassment is any type of unwelcome action toward an employee that leads to difficulty in job performance, or which causes the employee to feel that he or she is working in a hostile environment. This harassment may be based on such factors such as race, gender, age, sexual orientation, or religious preference.
In general, there are several factors that
must be present for workplace harassment to be recognized. First, the conduct must be unwelcome
and offensive to the employee.
Second, the employee must voice his or her objection to the conduct. Lastly, the conduct must such as to
impact the ability of the employee to carry out his or her duties.
Often, harassment claims are brought in conjunction with claims for intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent supervision, and or negligent retention.