A hostile work environment can include many things, such as discrimination and harassment. Many hostile work environments include employee’s feeling uncomfortable in their work environment and being unfairly treated because of one’s disability, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or gender. While there are no specific laws outlining what a ‘hostile work environment’ is, there are a plethora of both state and federal laws that support workers who have been victims of harassment and discrimination. Under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, employees have legal protection against harassment and discrimination.
Generally, if an employee is experiencing a hostile work environment, his or her employer should conduct and internal investigation and is required to address the problem and solve it- creating a more pleasant work environment. Many employers fail to do so, and if the issue persists after the investigation (or if after original complaint was ignored), employees may file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), who will conduct their own investigation and possibly file a suit against the employer on the employee’s behalf. cLue Law is an experienced law firm that will not only fight for you, but also assist you in handling the EEOC process.
Whether you your situation was created by your immediate, boss, co-worker, or other staff member, you have a right to work in a peaceful environment. While it is difficult to fight against your perpetrator, you don’t have to fight them alone. Let us defend your rights as a worker. If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact cLue Law.