Common examples of workplace harassment

| Mar 19, 2020 | employment law |

Work is the place to make money, not endure mistreatment or harassment. Unfortunately, for some Oregon workers, harassment seems to come with the job. We want you to know that you do not have to undergo this type of treatment. Read on to learn some of the most common elements of harassment, so you know when someone has crossed a line. 

When an employee feels trapped in a situation on the job that may rise to harassment, the best course of action is to report it and stop it, per the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

Become familiar with some examples of harassment that people may experience on the job. 

Off-color jokes 

Some harassment occurs under the guise of a joke or funny story. However, a joke or story that takes aim at a particular group of people is not something people should share. If you feel uncomfortable hearing a co-worker or boss tell a joke that revolves around gender, sexual orientation, race or nationality, it may count as harassment. 

Sexual advances 

Sexual harassment has had a spotlight on with the rise of the #MeToo movement and for good reason. The rate of sexual harassment, especially against women in the workplace, is high across the board. When a co-worker, especially one in a position of power, tries to force you to become romantic, you need to get yourself to safety and report the behavior. Other signs of sexual harassment include things like: 

  • Unwanted touching 
  • Sexually based stories or pictures 
  • Direct or indirect intimidation 


Facing harsh criticism and public ridicule is something that may make even the strongest person feel helpless. Workplaces that allow employees to criticize and ridicule each other should face punishment. Bullying should not continue at work. 

Read more about harassment here.