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Philadelphia Employment Lawyer: Hostile Work Environment

December 13th, 2016
hostile work environment

What Exactly are Hostile Work Environments?

Most people in the workforce may find coworkers annoying from time to time, and many may feel discouraged by a grumpy boss, but do such circumstances constitute a hostile work environment?

In order to file a legal claim alleging a hostile work environment, certain criteria must be met. A coworker’s or boss’s actions, behavior, or communication must be discriminatory in nature and make it impossible for one to perform their job. An employee may have a valid hostile work environment claim if:

  • A boss’s or coworker’s behavior discriminates against a protected class, such as race, religion, disability sex/gender, or age.
  • The offensive behavior is long-lasting and pervasive, and it is not adequately addressed or investigated by an employer or Human Resources.
  • The hostile behavior, actions, or communication are severe and disruptive or interfere with career progress.
  • An employer is aware of a hostile environment and fails to intervene.

Employees who are subjected to hostile work environments can file a claim against a liable employer seeking damages. For more information about hostile work environments, or to discuss your case with an experienced Philadelphia employment lawyer, call The Gold Law Firm P.C. at 215-569-1999, or contact us online today.

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