You hate your job and dread going in every day and someone suggests you contact a hostile work environment attorney to see if you have any legal recourse. Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? This actually isn’t the case as the law offers a very narrow definition of what constitutes a hostile work environment. According to this law, a hostile work environment is one in which an employee cannot fulfill his or her job duties due to hostile, rude, or sexual behavior. You still aren’t in the clear though which is why you should speak to a hostile work environment attorney to see if your case has merit.
Although a boss may be rude or hostile, he or she must direct the hostility, rudeness or sexual comments to one employee. The behavior cannot be directed at a class of employee in order to qualify under this law. Furthermore, the behavior may come from a boss, supervisor, or other employee and the management is responsible for handling situations such as this. If they don’t, they can be held responsible under this law. Again, this behavior must be directed at one person rather than a group.
An attorney may bring a lawsuit is a person is forced to quit the job so the company cannot be made to pay unemployment benefits. The same is true if management fails or refuses to take the necessary action after an employee has filed a complaint with them. This lawsuit may be brought when the harassment is severe and ongoing, but employees wishing to file suit under this law need to be aware that actions taken by them will also be taken into consideration.
Many refuse to file a case of this type, for fear of losing employment. This is especially true when unemployment remains high in the country. No one should have to put up with a hostile work environment, however. Steps can be taken to ensure the employee gets the deserved compensation without fear of repercussions. If you feel you are in a hostile work environment, contact an attorney today to discuss your case. No matter what the outcome of the meeting is, you’ll feel better knowing your legal rights.
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