Unfortunately, workplace harassment is common in Ohio, throughout the country, and the world. Harassment can create a toxic work environment, particularly if it goes unreported and is allowed to continue over time. If you feel you were a victim of harassment, it is important you learn about your legal rights. Protect yourself and connect with a Columbus employment attorney.
What Is Workplace Harassment?
Harassment can come in many forms. Sometimes it is sexual, but there are also forms of harassment that are aggressive and damaging but not sexual in nature. Non-sexual harassment may include the following:
When insulting jokes and derogatory remarks are made at work, it could be a form of verbal harassment. This is also true when slurs are used. Physical harassment is when bullying includes touch, including when a person is hit, pushed, or groped. Physical harassment can be sexual or non-sexual, depending on the situation.
Co-workers may be the ones who are attempting to overpower another worker though verbal or physical harassment. At other times, the abuse comes from a supervisor who is using their position to take advantage of an employee. There are also times when supervisors abuse the power of their position through unfair alterations in work shifts, increasing or decreasing wages, and mishandling job titles.
Laws Exist to Protect Workers from Harassment
Discrimination laws are in place to protect workers and workplace harassment can be a form of discrimination. There are laws in place to protect employees, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
When putting up with offensive behavior and conduct become necessary to stay employed or the situation is abusive or intimidating, there are legal paths to justice. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment is behavior that is unwelcome—whether that conduct is physical, verbal, or both—and in connection to an individual’s race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, pregnancy, nationality, an age of 40 or older, disability (mental or physical), or genetic information.
If you are suffering from workplace harassment, sexual or non-sexual, a Columbus employment discrimination attorney can assess your situation and provide you with a path forward. In the face of every type of harassment, employees have a right to take a course of action to defend their rights. That could be filing a claim.
A lawyer can help you file a discrimination claim with a state administrative agency, an Ohio Civil Rights Commission, an Equal Opportunity Division, or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. If a charge is filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or another agency, the employer could be notified of the charge. An attorney can represent you.
Has a co-worker or supervisor harassed you physically or verbally? Contact the lawyers at Coffman Legal LLC today. We are strong and committed advocates for all Ohio workers and use our experience and knowledge to help you. Call 614-949-1181 for a free and confidential consultation.