Intimidating behavior in the workplace

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Intimidating behavior in the workplace

The United States Supreme Court stated in Oncale v. that Title VII is "not a general civility code." Thus, federal law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not extremely serious.

Rather, the conduct must be so objectively offensive as to alter the conditions of the individual's employment.

The conditions of employment are altered only if the harassment culminates in a tangible employment action or is sufficiently severe or pervasive.

Where a hostile environment is alleged, the legality of behaviors must be determined on a case by case basis.

Workplace intimidation always decreases productivity by lowering morale and increasing internal frictions within the company.