In a hostile work environment, an employee cannot do his or her job without feeling harassed or threatened.
The term “hostile work environment” generally refers to harassment or discrimination by supervisors, managers, coworkers, other agents of the company and even outside vendors. In most cases the harassment involves a violation of a person’s civil rights, including sexual harassment and discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, race, color, nationality, ancestry, ethnic origin, religion, disability, medical condition, physical appearance, marital status and other factors.
Conduct that can contribute to a hostile work environment, if it is severe and pervasive enough to interfere with an employee’s work, can include jokes, insults, unwelcome flirting, comments about a person’s body, requests for dates, pornography, unwelcome touching, posters or cartoons that are sexually explicit, and other behaviors.
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