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Harassment is a form of discrimination that consists of words, signs, jokes, pranks, intimidation, physical actions, or violence directed at an employee due to any protected characteristic. These include age, race, creed, color, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, marital status, domestic violence, victim status, gender identity, and criminal history. Harassment includes offensive behavior based on stereotypes about a protected class and behavior intended to cause discomfort or humiliation because of a protected characteristic. It also includes any expression of contempt or hatred for the group to which the victim belongs based on a protected characteristic.