Harassment is unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that denigrates, or shows hostility or aversion toward, an individual because of his or her status as protected by law and (1) has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment, (2) has the purpose or effect of substantially interfering with an individual’s employment, or (3) otherwise adversely affects an individual’s employment opportunities. Examples of such conduct include (1) demeaning or hostile written, graphic, or verbal communications, including off-hand comments, epithets, jokes, emails, slurs or negative stereotyping directed at any individual because of or regarding that individual’s age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy, height, weight, uniform service member status,  marital status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law; (2) hostile, intimidating or threatening conduct directed at an individual because of that individual’s status as protected by law.