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(either harris-meant or huh-rass-meant) n. the act of systematic and/or continued unwanted and annoying actions of one party or a group, including threats and demands. The purposes may vary, including racial prejudice, personal malice, an attempt to force someone to quit a job or grant sexual favors, apply illegal pressure to collect a bill, or merely gain sadistic pleasure from making someone fearful or anxious. Such activities may be the basis for a lawsuit if due to discrimination based on race or sex, a violation on the statutory limitations on collection agencies, involve revenge by an ex-spouse, or be shown to be a form of blackmail ("I'll stop bothering you, if you'll go to bed with me"). The victim may file a petition for a "stay away" (restraining) order, intended to prevent contact by the offensive party. A systematic pattern of harassment by an employee against another worker may subject the employer to a lawsuit for failure to protect the worker. (See: harass, sexual harassment)
harassmentnoun alarm, annoyance, bother, dismay, disregard, disturbance, enragement, excitement, injury, offense, outrageous beeavior, outrageous conduct pain, provocation, rankle
Associated concepts: employment law, sexual harassment, workplace violation
See also: aggravation, infliction, nuisance, oppression
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I recently moved to nev.from abut have been going back to ca. every 2 to 3 weeks for med. reasons and when I go a friend has a hotel room for me to stay in which is usually 2to5days each visit and every time I stay there I have been harassed by people I do not know they don't come up to me personally but when I walk to my car or even when im in my room they yell obscenities at me they are constantly arguing about me and they have said my name im not sure who these people are since none have ever confronted me yet they must know who I am because of my name which is not a common name so I do know its me they are harassing also as of the last few times I spent there I have recorded them harassing me and on one recording they even mention my daughter who just turned 15yrs old my friend is at work all day and has not heard them but has listened to my recordings and does not know who these people are either I don't know if they are staying at the hotel or if they live somewhere nea ruby or if they are management of this hotel but I do believe that one of the woman on the recording is someone that works there and now since they have mentioned my daughter and the things they say I am worried about mine and my daughters safety along with our privacy if in fact the hotel moment is involved, do I go to police and file something even though I don't know these people or do I get legal help first or submit my recordings to the police so they can investigate who is on them? these recordings are very graphic in what these people are yelling and the hate in there voices is very frightening what should I do?