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Workplace harassment: many forms, always wrong

As employees, we all want decent pay, attractive promotion opportunities, connection with a respected employer and strong company benefits.

And, of course, every worker in Connecticut and across the country feels confident and assured each day from knowing that his or her work environment is secure, nurturing and supportive of all employees.

What if that's not the case?

Specifically, how should a worker respond when reasonably knowing that he or she is being victimized by harassing behaviors of other parties at the workplace?

It happens -- all the time.

And the authors of wrongdoing range widely from owners and managers to co-workers, vendors and additional parties.

A notable point to make about on-the-job harassment is that there is no so-called "bright line" that absolutely defines and makes its presence or absence clear in every case.

Notwithstanding that, though, there are certainly indications and guidelines, as well as a host of spelled-out state and federal laws that make workplace harassment illegal and that can provide victims with meaningful remedies.

Harassment can take many forms. It can be racially based or directed at a worker's national origin. Sexual harassment ranging from verbal assaults to unwanted touching is far from a rarity in American workplaces. Inappropriate conduct aimed at another worker's age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, language -- all this and more can reasonably support a worker's complaint and, when necessary, strong legal action by a proven employment law attorney.

Although no company or worksite is perfect, every workplace should be free of harassment directed at even a single employee in any form.

That is more than an ideal or expressed expectation.

Indeed, it is a bedrock principle under long-established American laws.

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