Harassment is an unwanted, unwelcome and deliberate conduct or action directed towards an individual for his/her race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, national origin, age (40+), disability, sex, arrest or conviction record, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, membership in the Armed Forces. It is prohibited by state and federal law.
All agencies within Wisconsin State Government have policies which prohibit harassment and unwelcome conduct. Employees should notify their supervisor or may contact their human resources office directly for assistance at any time. The Bureau of Equity & Inclusion is also available for assistance as needed.
Several important definitions were created in 1981 Senate Bill 204, s.111.32(13), Wis. Stats.:
“Sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, unwelcome requests for sexual favors, unwelcome physical contact of a sexual nature or unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
“Sexual harassment" includes conduct directed by a person at another person of the same or opposite gender.
“Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature" includes but is not limited to the deliberate, repeated making of unsolicited gestures or comments of a sexual nature; the deliberate, repeated display of offensive sexually graphic materials which is not necessary for business purposes; or deliberate verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, whether or not repeated, that is sufficiently severe to interfere substantially with an employee's work performance or to create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment.