By Lisa Guerin , J. Many people use the term " harassment " to describe any workplace treatment that seems unfair or unduly harsh. From a legal perspective, however, harassment has a very specific meaning: Harassment is conduct that is. Legally speaking, harassment is a type of discrimination. In other words, harassment is illegal only if it's based on the victim's race, gender, age, disability, or other protected characteristic. Which characteristics are protected are determined by federal laws -- such as Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act -- and by state and local laws that prohibit discrimination.
The definition of sexual harassment is broad. It includes everything from sex-for-benefits and offensive words, gestures, and unwanted flirting to hostile work environment a work situation that allows sexual harassment to take place. In a sexual harassment lawsuit, the plaintiff the person filing the lawsuit is called a claimant because they are filing a claim with a regulatory agency, based on a civil rights law. The federal law most used to try sexual harassment cases is Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of , which prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. An employee who wants to file a sexual harassment claim against a business can do that through the EEOC if the business has 15 or more employees.
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WATCH: For the second time in less than three years, the RCMP has agreed to settle a class-action lawsuit over allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination within its ranks. Cheryl Tiller is the lead plaintiff in the case. The stenographer says she was left traumatized by what an RCMP sergeant allegedly did to her. Robin Gill reports. Tiller, who was working as a stenographer at the time — an RCMP job in every sense but one, since the city of Yorkton signed her paycheque — had gone up to shake the hand of the retiring corporal.