Harassment is strictly prohibited. Harassment is verbal, written or physical conduct that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or any other protected characteristic under applicable law, and that:

  1. Has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment
  2. Has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance, or
  3. Otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities

Harassing conduct includes epithets, slurs or negative stereotyping; threatening, intimidating or hostile acts; denigrating jokes; and written or graphic material that denigrates or shows hostility or aversion toward an individual or group that is placed on walls or elsewhere on the employer’s premises or circulated in the workplace. Harassment can occur in the physical workplace, while employees are traveling for business or at employer-sponsored event or parties. Calls, texts, emails, and social media usage by employees can constitute harassment, even if they occur away from the workplace premises, on personal devices, or during non-work hours.

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