Plenty of people don’t like where they work. The world is full of horrible bosses and annoying co-workers. But employers don’t have an obligation to make their workplaces fun, and it isn’t illegal to be a jerk. It is, however, against the law for an employer to subject employees to harassment, threats, taunts, insults, or intimidation based on their race, gender, religion, or other status protected by federal, state, and local anti-discrimination laws. It is also against the law for an employer who is aware of such conduct by an employee’s supervisor or co-worker to allow such behavior to continue.
You Shouldn’t Tolerate a Hostile Work Environment. We Make Sure You Don’t Have To.
A hostile work environment is a form of employment discrimination, just as hiring, firing, compensation, and disciplinary decisions can be if motivated by prohibited reasons. If you are working in such a situation, it can cause you stress, anger, and humiliation, and make it impossible for you to continue in your current position.
You shouldn’t have to live with that kind of mistreatment at work, and you don’t have to. The law provides you with rights and remedies, and the Austin employment discrimination attorneys at Sandoval James will protect those rights, hold your employer accountable, and get you the compensation or other relief you deserve.
What Is a Hostile Work Environment?
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and equivalent laws on the state and local levels prohibit hostile work environments. While one discriminatory or racist statement or one incident of harassment may be distressing, disturbing, and important to report to a superior, it will usually take more than that for a work environment to be considered hostile.
Rather, the offensive words or acts must happen frequently enough and be severe enough to make an employee feel so threatened, intimidated and frightened that he or she can’t perform job duties. When you meet with us for your free initial consultation, we can evaluate your situation and determine whether the underlying conduct you’ve been subjected to rises to the level needed for a successful legal action.
Common examples of conduct that can support a hostile work environment claim, if carried out often enough or permitted to continue, include:
- Discriminatory and demeaning statements based on gender, age, race, disability, religion, ethnicity or other protected status.
- Inappropriate and unnecessary touching.
- Sexually offensive jokes or comments.
- Displaying offensive pictures.
Call Sandoval James Today for Your Free Hostile Work Environment Consultation
If every day at work is a nightmare for you because of the offensive conduct of your coworkers and the inaction of your employer in stopping it, please contact Sandoval James today. You have rights and remedies under the law. Asserting those rights and obtaining justice and compensation for you is what we do at Sandoval James. We welcome the opportunity to discuss your situation and explore how we can help you.
To arrange for your free initial consultation with one of our Austin employment discrimination lawyers, call us today at 512-382-7707 or contact us online.