Working in a hostile environment can be harmful and can really impact your job performance as well as your health. If you feel you are working in a hostile environment, it is vital to be aware of what you can do to improve the situation.
What is Considered a Hostile Work Environment?
The definition of a hostile work environment is unwelcome comments or conduct related to gender, race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, age or nationality that interfere with the work of employees which create an intimidating workplace. These comments or actions can be done by a vendor, client, manager or coworker.
Laws Surrounding Hostile Workplaces
It is unlawful to conduct a hostile, abusive or intimidating workplace, especially in cases where salary and status of an employee may be impacted. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforces laws surrounding hostile work environments.
If you are working in a hostile environment, you will need to file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. This can be done through the mail, in person, or via telephone. Keep in mind that you must file this within 180 days of the incident.
You will also need to report to the proper person at your place of employment and let them know what you are experiencing and that you have filed a charge of discrimination.
Talking With an Employment Law Attorney
Before taking any action, it is best to talk with an experienced employment law attorney to know your rights. They will be able to walk you through everything to ensure your rights are taken into consideration. At Hernandez Law Firm, we specialize in employment law and can help you deal with working in a hostile environment. We can provide the advice you need to fully understand your rights as well as evaluate the case and aggressively fight for you.