Certain types of harassment against employees are unlawful under various laws.
Sexual harassment is a form of gender discrimination and typically involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct on account of sex that interferes with an employee’s job performance or creates a hostile working environment.
Similarly, racial harassment is a form of race discrimination and can include racial slurs, offensive remarks about a person’s race, the display of racially-offensive symbols or graffiti, or other unwelcome physical or verbal actions taken on account of race that interfere with an employee’s job performance or creates a hostile working environment.
Some of the laws that prohibit employers from harassing employees are Title VII, Section 1981, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Illinois Human Rights Act.
This is only a brief explanation of unlawful harassment. If you believe you are a victim of unlawful harassment, you should consult with an attorney.