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The term harassment in the workplace is typically association with a form of employment discrimination
. The act you describe would be very likely be criminal. The employee should file a police complaint if they intend to pursue this matter. The employee may have further recourse if they are a member of a protected class such.
Federal and state law provide protections for certain "classes" of persons from employment discrimination including harassment. Those laws do not protect against all practices which seem unfair, rather it is only a discriminatory act against a specific class of persons which is prohibited. Here are those protected groups:
If you believe that discrimination was a motivation in the employer's action, then you may want to consider pursuing a claim with the US Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission or EEOC
. If you fail to file a complaint with the EEOC timely, then you may be barred from pursuing a civil suit later. The deadline can be as short as 180 days from the last discriminatory act. You may file a complaint by going to the following link:
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