Can You File A Lawsuit For Hostile Work Environment?
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On behalf of The Rager Law Firm posted on December 15, 2018
In short, yes. You can certainly file a suit for a hostile work environment. However, there are steps that you must take in order to ensure that you have a hostile work environment claim. Our Hostile Work Environment Attorneys at The Rager Law Firm in Pasadena are experts in this field. We know how to investigate and affirm that your situation is in fact representative of a hostile work environment. If your situation does prove to be showing these hostile signs then you deserve compensation for any pain and suffering that you went through due to the hostile work environment. Call 310-527-6994 to start a free consultation with us today. We understand the complexities of this situation and want you to know that you are not alone.
In fact, there was a study published by Rand Corp., Harvard Medical School and the University of California, Los Angeles. In this study, they discovered that nearly 1 in 5 workers describe their workplace as “disturbingly high” in the areas of sexual harassment and bullying. For those workers who have to deal with clients or customers were found to “endure a disproportionate share of abuse”. Other statistics include 55% of workers dealing with “unpleasant and potentially hazardous conditions” and nearly 75% of workers say that their jobs are physically demanding.
The definition of a hostile work environment means “unwelcome or offensive behavior in the workplace, which causes one or more employees to feel uncomfortable, scared, or intimidated in their place of employment.” There are certain requirements though. You can’t just be offended a few times or because you aren’t fitting in with coworkers. Instead, there needs to be documentation of events and knowledge from proper authorities within the workplace.
Here are some questions to ask yourself to see if you are dealing with a hostile work environment:
Is the behavior discriminatory?
For example, do you have co-workers or management calling you weak because you are disabled or have taken medical leave? Saying it once or twice can be seen as a joke, but if the behavior is repetitive then it can be more serious.
Do you feel as if the behavior is pervasive?
Despite going to human resources, telling the bully to stop, and commenting on upper management, is the behavior still going on? There are, however, extreme situations where one severe situation is enough to be considered discriminatory, but the court will decide that.
Is it severe and unwelcome?
Unfortunately, there are people in this world who have a foul taste in jokes. However, there are situations where the behavior is so severe and unwelcome alongside it being discriminatory and pervasive that it does constitute a hostile work environment.
If any of these questions apply to you then you may have a real situation. Call 310-527-6994 or click here to start a free consultation with us today. We are here to help you because clearly no one is doing enough for you and that isn’t right.