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Hostile Work Environment
What exactly constitutes a hostile work environment?
While many employees believe that a racist boss, unpleasant work environment, rude coworker, or failure to qualify for a promotion can create a hostile work environment, a boss/co-worker who mistreats employees is the most common aspect in this type of case. A hostile work environment is created by a boss or coworker whose actions, communication, or behavior make doing your job extremely difficult. This means that their behavior altered the terms, conditions, and/or reasonable expectations of a comfortable work environment for employees.
A hostile work environment lawsuit is essentially a discrimination claim. If you feel you have been discriminated against and were forced to work in a hostile work environment, you must prove the way in which you were discriminated against – based on your race, religion, gender, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information – and that the actions against you were severe enough to be considered abuse.
Examples of a hostile work environment:
For example, a coworker who disturbs you by demonstrating an action like coughing too loudly or eating an especially fragrant lunch at their desk would not be considered to be a hostile work environment. However, a coworker or employer who makes racial slurs or sends around emails or photos of people of color with a derogatory context is guilty of discrimination and creating a hostile work environment.
Another example of a hostile work environment is if your boss or employer verbally makes negative comments to you about your age, religion, or other personal trait. Even if they make the comments with a smile on their face or in a joking manner, they are still creating a hostile work environment for you, and they can be held accountable.
Another form of a hostile work environment involves management pressuring an employee to quit after they complain about abusive workplace treatment. For example, let’s say an employee was injured while on the job and attempted to report the injury to management. If management’s solution to the injury report is to bully the claimant by pressuring them or harassing them enough so that they quit, that is another form of a hostile work environment. What’s worse, is that unfortunately, that can become quite common. Just because a manager doesn’t want to handle the issue effectively doesn’t mean that an employee can’t fight back with a lawsuit. And in fact, they should.
Each case is different:
The legality of inappropriate comments and behaviors must be determined on a case-by-case basis; an employee cannot file a lawsuit under a hostile work environment claim alone. That is why it is important to get a consultation from a top discrimination law firm like Lawyers for Justice, PC – and we offer free consultations. Remember, a hostile work environment case must include harassment that is severe enough to alter the condition of the claimant’s employment and create an abusive working environment.
Layers for Justice, PC employs top harassment attorneys that know the law inside and out. If you have been treated unfairly at work, we know how to fight for what’s yours. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for past clients over the years and know how to win hostile work environment cases.
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