Gender-based harassment is unwelcome conduct of a nonsexual nature based on an individual’s actual or perceived sex, including conduct based on gender identity, gender expression, and nonconformity with gender stereotypes that is sufficiently serious to adversely affect an individual’s participation in employment, education or other CUNY activities.
Although the law doesn't prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive environment that is not conducive to learning and education.
Both victim and the harasser can be either a woman or a man, and the victim and harasser can be the same sex.
For example, it is illegal to harass a woman by making offensive comments about women in general.
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