Does only sexual harassment count for creating a hostile work environment?
No, the harassment protections include unwelcome verbal or physical conduct based on the employee’s protected basis, such as the person’s,
- Whether or not the harassment is of a sexual nature, and
- It can involve people of the same sex.
- National origin,
- Age (40 and over under federal law, any age under Virginia law),
- Disability, or
- If an employee complains about, opposes or cooperates in the investigation or litigation of an illegal practice, those actions result in the person being legally protected from negative consequences due to those actions.