Related posts:No related photos. Harassment is beyond a jokeOn 1 May 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The jokes flowed thick and fast during the session on humour in harassment.Some were harmless, while others went “well beyond a joke” saidStuart Ainsworth, co-director at Strathclyde University’s equality anddiscrimination centre. Being able to take a joke is seen as contributing to a healthy workenvironment. “But surveys show that joking and witty remarks are among thecommonest forms of harassment,” he said. He argued that humour can be central to the most extreme cases of harassmentwhich can lead to loss of employment and even mental breakdown. “Even whenthe joke is unpleasant or undermining it is still seen as “just ajoke”. Comments are closed.