A hostile work environment is another category of harassment. This type of harassment usually involves repeated actions of a sexual nature that make the work environment hostile, offensive, or intimidating to the victim even if the unwelcome conduct does not interfere with another’s work performance.
The person responsible for creating the hostile environment could be a supervisor or co-worker, but but could also be a third party such as an outside contractor, vendor or another parishioner.
It doesn’t matter so much who this person is as long as they are causing a hostile environment.
If the harassing conduct is not aimed at any one particular person but is in the general vicinity of an employee, the employer may still be liable.
*Workplace harassment can also occur off the primary work site. The unwelcome sexual conduct may occur at a retreat location, a church sponsored picnic or other gathering of workers.
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