Hostile Work Environment Lawyers
The law makes it illegal for an employer to maintain a hostile work environment. An employer, through a boss or another employee, creates a hostile work environment through actions, behavior or communication that are discriminatory in nature, making the job impossible or almost impossible to be performed.
The hostile work environment can be caused by the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, or a co-worker. The law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious; a hostile work environment arises when it is so frequent or severe it creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
Requirements Of A Hostile Work Environment
Among the requirements that must be met in order for the work environment to be considered “hostile”:
- The actions must be geared towards an employee or employees belonging to a “protected class”. There are numerous “protected classes” under the law including race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, handicap, marital status or genetic information
- The hostile actions must be severe and must last over time.
- The hostile actions or behavior must make the employee’s job very difficult to perform or must interfere with the employee’s career progress.
- The problem must have been reported to Human Resources making the employer aware of the situation.
- The employer did not take the necessary actions to stop the hostility against the employee.
If you have suffered from a hostile work environment in Orlando, Winter Park, Kissimmee or any other place in Central Florida, please contact our hostile work environment lawyers for a free consultation. Our employment law attorneys have helped numerous individuals recover monetary damages from unscrupulous employers. You are legally protected against retaliation from your employer! Call us today! We will aggressively defend your rights! We value your privacy and will keep your information confidential.