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A hostile environment based on sex may be created by words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical actions, or violence, either of a sexual nature or not of a sexual nature, directed at an individual because of that individual’s sex.  Hostile environment sexual harassment includes:

  • Sexual or discriminatory displays/publications in the workplace include displaying pictures, posters, calendars, graffiti, objects, promotional material, reading materials, or other sexually demeaning or pornographic materials. This includes such sexual displays on workplace computers or cell phones and sharing such displays while in the workplace.
  • Hostile actions were taken against an individual because of that individual’s sex, such as:
    • Interfering with, destroying, or damaging a person’s workstation, tools or equipment, or otherwise interfering with the individual’s ability to perform the job;
    • Sabotaging an individual’s work;
    • Bullying, yelling, name-calling.