The workplace is a central aspect of life. A positive work environment contributes to the self-respect, well-being and financial security of employees.
An employer should rightfully expect gainful effort from employees, but never subject them to pain and suffering, extreme danger or loss of self-respect. The Ezold Law Firm, P.C. has helped many clients who experienced workplace abuses.
A hostile work environment
A workplace becomes a hostile environment when the behaviors of one or more co-workers create discomfort for one or more other workers. In legal terms, a hostile work environment is characterized by unwelcome conduct in the form of discriminatory harassment toward one or more employees. Harassment means disturbing someone persistently, bothering someone continually or pestering them.
The harassment in a hostile work environment may be based on race, skin color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender or sexual orientation. The harassment must be severe, recurring and pervasive for a workplace to be legally considered hostile. To achieve a successful claim, the victim of a hostile workplace (and witnesses) must reasonably believe they had no choice but to endure the hostile words and actions in order to keep their jobs.
A hostile work environment can also be a boss or manager taking actions meant to make you quit your job. If you were injured on the job, reported safety violations, tried to form or join a union, complained to upper management about an issue, or spoken out for other employees, you could be targeted. If your manager has written you up for work rules you didn’t break, reduced your hours, scheduled you for abnormal shifts or reduced your salary, that action may be viewed as creating a hostile work environment. Often this is an attempt to make an employee quit so the employer does not have to pay unemployment benefits.
Have you been harassed sexually in the work place?
If the harassment you experienced is of a sexual nature — that is, suggestive language meant to embarrass you or to goad you into sexual behavior — or if your refusal of sexual advances has led to undesired consequences, you may have reason to respond with legal action with the help of an experienced Philadelphia employment attorney. Sexual harassment may include:
- Intimidation and bullying
- Coercion of a sexual nature
- Promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors
- Verbal sexual abuse
- Physical sexual assault
Take action now! Contact a harassment attorney in Philadelphia
You must take steps to end any sex discrimination and/or harassment on the job. Otherwise, it will continue and worsen. Call our firm today to speak to an attorney experienced in handling Philadelphia sexual harassment lawsuits. At Ezold Law Firm, we will give you the support you need to keep your job and end the harassment you are suffering. Contact us online now to get started or call (610) 660-5585.