How to Know If You Have a Hostile Work Environment

“Hostile work environment” is often misunderstood.  Many believe that such an environment is when one employee dislikes another and intentionally makes their work-life miserable to the point that they quit.  However, this isn’t the case.

The concept of a hostile work environment falls under the ADA, ADEA, Title VII, and any state employment discrimination laws. Meaning that, unless the alleged at-work harassment is based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40+), disability, or some state-protected characteristic, a hostile work environment most likely doesn’t legally exist.

A hostile work environment legally occurs when there is harsh and/or persistent conduct that a reasonable person would consider intimidating or abusive such that it impacts their way of working.

Conduct needs to be based on one of the aforementioned characteristics or done for a retaliatory reason. Typical at-work harassment includes offensive jokes, slurs, touching, threats, ridicule, and insults.

Simply being rude does not count as a hostile work environment—actions need to be sufficiently offensive.

In addition, it is important to know that even if an employee is not the direct victim of at-work harassment, even if he/she was affected by it, he/she has a right to sue an employer for creating such an environment.

Contact Our California Employment Attorney at Leichter Law Firm, APC For Free Consultation.

If you believe you have a case against a hostile work environment contact our California employment lawyer by (818) 915-6624 offices immediately to find out about your rights.

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