index aggravation (annoyance), infliction, nuisance, oppression

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

1. the offence in England of using threatening or abusive or insulting words within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be harassed thereby: Public Order Act 1986.
2. it is an offence in England to harass a person with demands for payment that are calculated to subject him or his household to alarm, distress or humiliation, or to pretend that criminal proceedings might be possible if payment is not made: Administration of Justice Act 1970.
3. harassment is not a tort in England: McCall v . Abelesz [1976] QB 585. See Protection from Harassment Act 1997, which also applies to Scotland. The Act does not define the term beyond including causing alarm or distress. Damages may be awarded.
4. sexual harassment of employees has become a rhetorical focus in employment law: Porcelli v . SRC [1986] ICR 546.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

In employment law, offensive, unwelcome conduct based on the victim's protected characteristic, that is so severe or pervasive that it affects the terms and conditions of the victim's employment. Harassment may take the form of words, actions, gestures, demands, or visual displays, such as photographs or cartoons. Sometimes, harassment is used more generally to refer to repeated irritating or bothersome behavior, such as persistent telephone calls from a debt collector. (See also: protected characteristic, sexual harassment)
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

A form of discrimination that occurs when A engages in unwanted conduct that has the purpose or effect of violating B's dignity or creating an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment for B. Whether the conduct has that effect is judged subjectively from B's viewpoint, subject to a test of reasonableness. In Great Britain, such conduct will constitute harassment where it is on grounds of B's age, sex, gender reassignment status or disability, or on grounds of race, ethnic or national origins, religion or belief, or sexual orientation, or where the conduct is of a sexual nature. Conduct that does not meet the definition of harassment may in some cases amount to a form of direct discrimination.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

n. Unjustifiable conduct, typically persistent and repetitive, aimed at an individual, that causes distress or discomfort.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

   (either harris-meant or [huh-rass-meant])
   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 anxious or fearful. 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 also: harass, sexual harassment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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