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How do you determine employee harrassment?

Maria - That is a very broad question.  What type of harassment?  It makes a diference.  The rule of thumb is "Would a reasonable person of the same type as the complainant perceive the behavior being directed at him or her to be offensive?"  Keep in mind that generic bad behavior not specifically directed at a person' race, gender, national origin, or any of the other protected classifications is not against the law.
If you want a better answer, write back with more specifics about the harassment at issue.

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Margaret M. deMarteleire


I can answer most questions about employment law, federal or state. I am an attorney, not an HR professional, so questions about HR careers, coursework, prospects, etc. are not within my scope.


Attorney for 20 years, currently working exclusively with employment law - FLSA, FMLA, federal contracts, pay, etc.

Temple University School of Liberal Arts, BA, Rhetoric & Communication, 1982 Temple University School of Law, JD, 1990 Certificate in HR, Cornell University ILR School, 2006

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