The legal definition of harassment in the Bulgarian Anti-Discrimination Law is “unwanted physical, verbal or other conduct on the grounds of gender, race, nationality, ethnicity, genetics, citizenship, origin, religion or belief, education, convictions, political affiliation, personal or social status, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, property status, or on any other grounds established by law or by an international treaty to which the Republic of Bulgaria is a party, which has the purpose or effect of violating the dignity of a person and of creating a hostile, degrading, humiliating, offensive or intimidating environment”.
In addition to the general prohibition on harassment, there is a specific provision in the Anti-Discrimination Law regarding sexual harassment. According to the additional provisions of the Anti-Discrimination Law, sexual harassment is “any unwanted physical, verbal or other conduct of a sexual nature which violates the dignity or honour and creates a hostile, degrading, offensive, humiliating or intimidating environment and, in particular, where refusal to accept such conduct or the compulsion thereto may influence the taking of decisions affecting the person”.
The legal prohibition of harassment has been in force since the beginning of 2004.
No significant changes to the legal regulation of harassment are expected in the near future.