When Going to Work Is Frightening: What You Need to Know About Hostile Work Environments
When many think about sexual harassment, sexual advancements, explicit comments, and unwanted touching typically comes to mind. However, another type of harassment exists, called a hostile work environment.
Victims of this type of harassment often fear going to work, as those who perform the harassment are typically hostile towards them, and make the workplace frightening and uncomfortable.
Signs You Work in a Hostile Work Environment
Admitting you are the victim of sexual harassment is often frightening and stressful, and unfortunately, the abuse occurs all too often. You may work in a hostile work environment if:
- Inappropriate or derogatory jokes are made in your presence
- Frequent, unwanted physical contact is made, even if it is not sexual
- Pictures of pornography or other inappropriate scenes are found in the office
- Employees say suggestive remarks about other workers in front of others
- You believe the work environment is hostile, humiliating, sexually offensive, or intimidating
Proving You Are a Victim of Hostile Work Environment Harassment
You may feel like it is you against the world when attempting to prove sexual harassment in the workplace. With the help of an attorney, however, you may be able to prove this type of harassment occurs. In order to have a chance of winning, you must prove that:
- The harassment was unwelcome
- The harassment was sexual in nature
- That the harassment was committed by your supervisor, or your employer knew or should have known about the harassment and failed to take appropriate actions
- The harassing conduct was so severe that it affected the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment
We Can Help You Fight
You don’t have to feel like you’re alone in this battle—the attorneys of Morton Law Offices can help to fight for your rights and to seek the justice you deserve. Contact us today to find out how we may be able to help.
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