"Severe" is generally defined as something very great, extreme, harsh, or intense. Conduct is generally considered "offensive" when it is hostile, aggressive, or invasive and offends a reasonable person's sense of personal dignity. Harassment must be so severe that it alters the terms and conditions of employment for the victim and creates an abusive working environment. A single incident must be extremely "offensive" to create a hostile work environment.
Not only is sexual harassment illegal. The law also prohibits:
- Racial harassment
- Religious harassment
- Age-based harassment
- Harassment based on disability
- Harassment based on ethnicity or national origin