What is a Hostile Work Environment?
A “hostile work environment” exists when you are subjected to unwelcome verbal or physical conduct in the workplace, which substantially interferes with your performance. Typically, if you feel intimidated, offended, disrespected, and scared to be at work and your employer knew or should have known of the harassment and failed to take prompt remedial measures, it is a hostile work environment.
In order to prove a harassment claim, you must prove that the treatment you endured created a hostile work environment. While teasing, derogatory comments, and offensive jokes are always wrong, it is not harassment unless it creates a hostile environment.
For example, in order to prove sexual harassment, you must prove the following type of behavior happened frequently and severely enough to alter your working environment to the point of abusive and hostile.
- Sexual advances
- Requests for sexual favors
- Verbal or physical conduct or contact of a sexual nature
- Deliberate, repeated, unsolicited gestures or comments of a sexual nature
- Deliberate, repeated display of offensive, sexually graphic materials not necessary for business purposes.
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