The term ‘hostile work environment’ is a very specific one. It does not simply mean that an employer is rude to certain employees or that they are unfriendly. Generally speaking, a hostile work environment refers to sexual harassment that is so pervasive it creates a work environment that is offensive and intimidating. In order for a workplace to be considered a hostile environment, the behavior must also make it extremely difficult for the employee to perform their work.
Unfortunately, sexual harassment is not the only behavior that can create a hostile work environment. Discrimination can also constitute a hostile work environment when it becomes untenable for the employee. Hostile work environments take an incredible emotional and physical toll on employees. Our Akron hostile work environment attorneys can help when your employer has violated your rights by creating a hostile workplace.
While harassment may seem blatant and obvious to an employee that is subjected to it, they must still prove their case. When filing a claim, employees must establish: Their employer’s actions were discriminatory and based on certain characteristics such as race, religion, national origin, sex, and other protected classes as outlined by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, The behavior was not addressed after the employee reported it to management, The behavior was ongoing, and The actions were so serious that they interrupted the employee’s work or interfered with the progress they could have made during their career Proving that harassment created a hostile work environment is not easy. An Akron hostile work environment attorney will know how to prove an employee’s claim and help them recover the damages they deserve.
Many people are unhappy in their jobs, but do not know whether it rises to the level of a hostile work environment. Some of the most common examples of hostile behaviors include when an employer: Makes derogatory comments about an employee’s ethnic or racial characteristics, Uses images or gestures meant to offend employees of a certain ethnic group, Sends sexually explicit emails, Expresses negative stereotypes or opinions about an employee’s ancestry, Makes negative comments about the religious beliefs of an employee, Makes disparaging remarks about an employee’s gender, Tells lewd jokes or makes sexual gestures, or Makes intimidating references to an employee’s disability The courts will take a number of factors into consideration when determining if these behaviors rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment. Those factors include whether the behavior was ongoing, the effect on the employee’s psychological health, the severity of the conduct, and more.
If you have been subjected to harassment, discrimination, or any other behavior that has created a hostile workplace, our Akron hostile work environment attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC, have the necessary experience to advise on your case. Call us today at (614) 949-1181 or fill out our online form to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys so we can discuss your claim.