How Do I Know If My Workplace Is Technically 'Hostile?'
Many people don't enjoy going to work, but the difference between an unhappy work situation and a hostile work environment is significant. A hostile work environment is one in which the inappropriate behavior of your co-workers or superiors targets you and interferes with your ability to effectively do your job. This can apply not only to sexually inappropriate comments and actions, but also to workplace harassment that exhibits discriminatory attitudes toward age, gender or sexual orientation. Some scenarios that would likely be considered to constitute a hostile work environment include:
- Inappropriate texting/sexting
- Inappropriate or offensive jokes
- Inappropriate or offensive images displayed at work
- Boss propositioning a worker
- Employer looking the other way/expecting a worker to endure harassment by clients
The word "inappropriate" is a euphemism at best that fails to describe the full impact an abusive work environment can have on the emotional, mental and even financial well-being of a worker. Everybody deserves a safe working environment free of workplace bullying. Call 424-285-6006 to speak with nationwide employment law lawyer Todd M. Friedman if you suspect you're suffering the effects of a hostile work environment.
Yes, I'm In A Hostile Work Environment. Now What?
Some people are concerned that filing a complaint would serve as an invitation for others to investigate and publish details of their private or sex lives. This is not the case: When you work with our team at Law Offices of Todd M. Friedman, we keep your details confidential, using a protective order so that you can feel safe pursuing your legitimate claim. In the meantime, you can take important steps to protect yourself and build the strongest case you can, even before you decide whether you want to file a formal complaint:
- Immediately report any offensive behavior to HR, so there is an official record of your attempt to address the problem.
- Consult your employee manual for a sexual harassment policy.
- Consult a qualified employment law attorney early to get the best possible advice about your situation.
Don't Suffer In Silence; Stand Up For Yourself And Call Today
A difficult situation often requires a difficult decision about what to do next. Schedule your free initial consultation with nationwide attorney Todd M. Friedman to find out your legal rights and get clarity about your options. Call 424-285-6006 or toll free at 877-619-8966, or email us to make an appointment.