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Frequently Asked Questions about Workplace Harassment

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Q: I’m being harassed at work. Isn’t that illegal?

A: Maybe. It depends on a lot of different things. At the outset, workplace harassment is illegal only if it is because the victim is in a category protected by Ohio or federal law — race, color, sex (including pregnancy), religion, national origin, age, or disability. Harassment based on something else — like a personality conflict — is generally not actionable. Courts have said repeatedly the anti-discrimination laws are not a “general civility code.” [Read more…]

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