Education and Training
Preventing Workplace Harassment
Illegal Harassment is:
Unsolicited physical or verbal conduct that is of a sexual nature or because of a person’s ethnicity, color, race, gender or sex, religion, genetic information, disability (physical or mental), or age (40 or over).
- Unsolicited physical or verbal conduct that is of a sexual nature or because of a person’s ethnicity, color, race, gender or sex, religion, genetic information, disability (physical or mental), or age (40 or over).
- Harsh, inescapable conduct that unreasonably impedes the work performance of an employee or that creates an offensive, hostile or intimidating work environment. (See Below)
Retaliation is an adverse action taken against an employee because they reported a harassment complaint.
- Counter-filing of harassment
- Pay reduction
- Change of schedule to an alternate and/or undesirable shift
Forms of Sexual Harassment:
1. Quid Pro Quo (“This for that”)
- Work benefits contingent on sexual favors.
- Rejection results in monetary loss or change in job.
2. Hostile Work Environment
- Speech or conduct that is sexual in nature—severe/explicit.
- Displaying items in the workplace that are suggestive or sexually explicit in nature.
- Verbal abuse and consistent profanity directed at an employee (not a “slip”)
- Social bantering (teasing)
- Humiliation or constant criticism/above and beyond constructive feedback
- Overt threats
- Assignment of unrealistic workloads
- Aggressive emails or notes
What is a Hostile Work Environment?
Harsh, inescapable conduct that:
- Unreasonably impedes the work performance of an employee.
- Creates an offensive, hostile or intimidating work environment.
Harassment in the workplace will not be tolerated at AABR. We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy.
For more information, speak with your Supervisor or contact Human Resources.
What should you do if you feel you have experienced workplace harassment? Contact Your Supervisor and Human Resources: (718)321-3800 ext.2247 or HumanResources@aabr.org