In some cases, workplace discrimination – when left ignored and unaddressed – can escalate to workplace harassment. Harassment is defined as pervasive and severe discriminatory conduct that interferes with an employee’s work performance. To be considered workplace harassment, the pervasive and severe conduct must be based on a protected characteristic. Learn more about Workplace Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Law at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP.
These characteristics include but are not limited to:
Not only is harassment inequitable treatment of an employee or group of employees based on one or more of these characteristics, but it can also mentally and even physically harm the victim(s) of workplace harassment. The long-term effects of workplace harassment could lead to PTSD, poor job performance, and create psychological damage to employees who experience harassment.
What constitutes harassing behavior encompasses both physical and verbal actions. It can also include discriminatory behavior such as leaving employees out of work-related activities due to a protected characteristic or spreading false and derogatory rumors about an employee to get them to quit their position. These behaviors by fellow employees or managers and supervisors, if left unchecked, could potentially escalate to a hostile work environment that may cause more damage on the victims and employees.
The harassment must be severe and pervasive enough to cause a hostile work environment, so it’s important that you consult a lawyer to determine if you have a case that constitutes workplace harassment.
If you believe that you are experiencing workplace harassment due to one of the aforementioned protected characteristics, set forth by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, then contact a lawyer.
When you consult with a workplace harassment attorney to discuss your case, the attorney will not only be able to give you clarity on whether or not your case constitutes workplace harassment, but if it is workplace harassment, they will also be able to help you build a case to bring against your employer should you decide to move forward with legal proceedings. This means gathering evidence, obtaining testimonies from witnesses, and filing for a lawsuit if necessary.
Furthermore, responding to an aggressor in legal filings and proceedings may escalate the situation, and it’s important to have the legal expertise of a workplace harassment attorney to protect your rights and your best interests if you move forward with filing against workplace harassment.
Deciding to move forward with reporting and seeking help for your workplace harassment case is a daunting task, and you should only have an experienced and compassionate workplace harassment lawyer by your side to guide you.
Do you or someone you know experience what you believe is workplace harassment? The best way to know is to contact a knowledgeable and helpful workplace harassment attorney with Barkan Meizlish DeRose Cox, LLP. Our expert team of lawyers is ready to help you respond appropriately to your workplace harassment claims and guide you through the necessary steps to help you resolve the issues you’re experiencing. It’s crucial that you do not allow workplace harassment to go unaddressed, as it could escalate into a hostile work environment, causing even more damage to your position and your life. Contact us today for a free consultation.
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