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September 22, 2021

20-14-101. Definitions

As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) “Course of conduct” means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, evidencing a continuity of purpose, including following or stalking an employee to or from the employee’s place of work, entering the workplace of an employee, following an employee during hours of employment, telephone calls to an employee, and correspondence with an employee, including, but not limited to, the use of the public or private mails, interoffice mail, facsimile or computer e-mail;

(2) “Credible threat of violence” means a knowing and willful statement or course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to believe that the person is under threat of death or serious bodily injury and that is intended to, and that actually causes, a person to believe that the person is under threat of death or serious bodily injury;

(3) “Employer” means any person or entity that employs one (1) or more employees and shall include the state and its political subdivisions and instrumentalities; and

(4) Deleted by 2011 Pub.Acts, c. 315, § 1, eff. May 27, 2011.

(5) “Unlawful violence” means assault, aggravated assault, stalking, intimidation, or extortion as prohibited by §§ 39-13-101, 39-13-102, 39-17-315, 39-17-309 and 39-14-112.

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