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harass

(either harris or huh-rass) v. systematic and/or continual unwanted and annoying pestering, which often includes threats and demands. This can include lewd or offensive remarks, sexual advances, threatening telephone calls from collection agencies, hassling by police officers, or bringing criminal charges without cause. (See: harassment, sexual harassment)

harass

verb acerbate, afflict, aggrieve, agitate, alarm, alienate, anger, annoy, arose, arrogate, assail, badger, bagger, be malevolent, bedevil, beset, besiege, bludgeon, bother, browbeat, burden, coerce, confound, convulse, discomfort, discompose, disconcert, dismay, dispirit, disquiet, distress, disturb, enrage, envenom, exasperate, excite, excruciate, fret, goad, grieve, harbor a grudge, harrow, harry, haunt, heckle, hurt, ill-use, importance, incense, incommode, infest, infuriate, injure persistently, intimidate, intrude upon, irk, irritate, malign, maltreat, miff, misuse, mock, obsess, offend, oppress, outrage, overburden, overdrive, overrun, overstrain, overtax, overwork, perplex, pester, pique, plague, prey upon, provoke, rankle, shake up, sollicitare, spite, strain, terrorize, torment, trouble, tyrannize, unsettle, upbraid, upset, vex, vexare, victimize, wear down, weigh on
Associated concepts: barratry, employment law, harassing a witness, workplace sexual harassment
See also: annoy, badger, browbeat, discompose, distress, harrow, hector, importune, incense, inflict, intimidate, irritate, mistreat, molest, persecute, perturb, pique, prey, provoke
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To answer the second research question, t-tests were performed to explore possible differences between sex of the harasser and the severity rating of the harassing behavior (see Table 2).
The victim should directly inform the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop, and use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system available.
One came to me several years ago, urging that we seek a court order to prevent the harasser from communicating with our writers.
In many cases, however, the alleged harasser is the supervisor, which is why companies, even small ones, should put procedures in place to protect their employees and themselves.
This means that only individuals who need to know about the complaint, such as the alleged harassers and any witnesses, will be told about it.
Men were less likely to perceive the harassment as being severe and were less likely to confront the harasser or make a formal report.
Because such a policy eliminates any actual or apparent authority a harasser otherwise might possess, it may provide a defense against claims of quid pro quo harassment as well.
They told me if I was going to file a grievance, the harasser would judge its validity," she says.
Tactful investigation should involve speaking only to the parties involved--the target and the accused harasser.
The court, however, rejected the employer's argument, holding that when a harasser targets both men and women for abuse, the harasser still may be found to have discriminated against each individual because of his or her gender.
Several times it is suggested that women may decide to engage in ridicule against a harasser as an effective method of ending harassment.