The Reasonable Person Standard

The reasonable person is  a hypothetical person in similar circumstances who has the perspective of the one making the complaint.


The unwelcome conduct is looked at from the perspective of the person making the complaint.  Courts apply the ‘reasonable person standard’  by asking “what would a reasonable person think is appropriate?  If a “reasonable person” would consider the conduct sufficiently severe enough to create a hostile working environment, then the conduct would be considered harassment.




For more information about the reasonable person click here.


Please click on Session III: Effects of Harassment  to continue the course.

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