What to do in a Hostile Work Environment?

What to do in a Hostile Work Environment?

Working in a hostile environment can be harmful and affect not only your productivity but also your mental and emotional health. If you feel that you work in a hostile environment, you should know how you can improve the situation.

What is a Hostile Work Environment?

A hostile work environment refers to a workplace where you experience unwelcome comments or behavior related to –

  • Gender
  • Race
  • Religion
  • Disability
  • sexual orientation
  • age
  • nationality

Such remarks or actions can interfere with the work of employees leading to an intimidating workplace. These comments or actions can be from a vendor, client, manager or co-worker.

Law and Hostile Work Environment

It is unlawful to conduct a hostile or intimidating workplace, especially where the salary and status of an employee may be affected. The EEOC, or Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, enforces laws surrounding hostile work environments.

If you are working in a hostile environment, you should file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC via mail, telephone or in person. This has to be done within 180 days of the incident.

You must also report to HR or the proper authority at your workplace and let them know what you are experiencing and that you have filed a charge of discrimination.

Consult an Employment Law Attorney

Before taking any action, it is best to consult an experienced employment law attorney and understand your rights.

To learn more, consult one of the leading workplace discrimination workplace harassment lawyers in Phoenix, AZ at Chahbazi Law PLLC or call 602-282-5868 Now! Attorney Meenoo Chahbazi uses her extensive experience and passion for employment equality to represent Arizona employees in a wide range of employment matters.

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