Harassment or discrimination at work is something no employee should tolerate.

This kind of mistreatment promotes a toxic workplace and could restrict your day to day life as a result. Workplace harassment can be difficult to recognize, due mainly by the factors of each situation, so a proper consultation by a discrimination attorney is needed to ensure the veracity of the case.

Workplace Harassment

definition of descriminationUnder law, harassment on the basis of race, religion, sex, color, age, or disability is prohibited and is a cause for concern. This conduct is not permitted by the employer or workplace and as such could be used as a case against them due to the infringement of your rights.

In order for harassing conduct to be considered unlawful, the activity must be unwelcome and a result of the victim’s protected class. This conduct should also be abusive to the victim as well as severe and repetitious that a reasonable person would find it hostile.

There are two forms in which harassment might take form.

Quid Pro Quo Harassment

Employment decisions such as promotions, demotions, or preferential treatment that affect your job and are directly correlated to the sexual advances or religious reasons could be the basis of harassment. Sexual advances could include- unwelcome touching, hugging, kissing, or assault. It might seem like harmless flirting to some, but it’s a fine line that many cross. As a result, you might feel uncomfortable at your workplace, and the feeling of not being safe could impact your daily life.

Talking to the offender and making it clear that the advances are unwelcome is important. As is filing a complaint with your employer to ensure action is taken against the offense. Likewise, the requirement of participating in religious activities as a condition for employment is something that cannot be forced upon an individual of a different faith.

woman harassing male coworker

Hostile Work Environment

Conduct from upper management, customers, co-workers, or anyone else that disrupts the workplace causes a hostile environment. This renders the environment as intimidating for you and your performance might be affected.

Examples for this include:

  • Off-color jokes about disabilities, gender, race, or sex
  • Comments or discussion of sexual origin
  • Crude language or indecent gestures
  • Physical conduct with hostile results
  • Display of sexual or racially insensitive imagery

Conduct from upper management, customers, co-workers, or anyone else that disrupts the workplace causes a hostile environment.
The severity of offences are determined on a case-by-case basis and is subject to a variety of results, such as a pattern or insistence. In order to determine the specific nature of the case a consultation by a qualified discrimination attorney is needed to ensure the facts are straight and that there is a basis for a case.

Do not be a victim any longer. You have rights as an employee and harassment of any level in your workplace could be the basis for an infringement of your rights.