HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
WHAT CONSTITUTES A HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT?
When a client comes to the Fisher Legal Group for a consultation to discuss the possibility of suing for an employment law violation, we typically examine the situation to determine whether the person has been subjected to conditions that created a hostile work environment. We do this because the existence of a hostile work environment will generally serve as evidence that the plaintiff in such a case has been a victim of workplace harassment or discrimination. What exactly is a hostile work environment?
EXAMPLES OF HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT
A hostile work environment can be created in many ways. It may be caused by lewd comments, leering, derogatory remarks or other types of behavior that would constitute sexual harassment. It may be actions that serve as retaliation for joining a union or whistleblowing about legal violations, such as blacklisting, giving the cold shoulder, demotion or pay cuts. Anything that serves to create an oppressive and intimidating atmosphere would tend to be construed as creating a hostile work environment. In some cases, the employer may be using a hostile work environment as an attempt to compel the employee to quit so that it is not necessary to pay a severance package. In other cases, a co-worker may be creating a hostile work environment through his or her actions.
CONSULT AN ORLANDO EMPLOYMENT LAWYER ABOUT YOUR CLAIM
You may feel that you are being discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age or disability, or perhaps you are being singled out for harassment or intimidation. A claim of hostile work environment is not based on a simple complaint that your co-workers or your supervisor is rude or immature, but instead you must be experiencing treatment that makes you highly uncomfortable on the job to the degree that you find it difficult or impossible to work. If you believe that you may have grounds to sue for a hostile work environment, do not hesitate to contact the Orlando employment lawyers at our firm for help. We offer free case evaluations so that you can tell us about your experience and find out about your legal options. You have a right to work in an environment free from intimidation and harassment and you can come to us for help.
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