There is often confusion about what constitutes a hostile work environment. In general terms, it is harassment — based on gender, race, color, national origin or age — so extensive that it creates a work environment that is intimidating and offensive. If you are the victim of a hostile work environment, you need a lawyer to help you prove your case.
The employment attorneys at Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., have considerable experience with hostile work environment cases. We help federal and private employees from the Washington, D.C. area and nationwide. Call our office at 202.331.9260 for an appointment.
Proving a Hostile Work Environment
In addition to the discrimination requirement, a hostile work environment is only said to exist if the harassment is either severe or pervasive enough to become a defining condition of the workplace or to impede your ability to do your work.
A harasser can be your boss, a co-worker or a third party working with your employer. Inappropriate conduct can include:
- Racial slurs
- Offensive jokes
- Demeaning or sexual photographs
- Age-related comments
It can be tricky to prove a hostile work environment. That is why talking to an experienced employment law attorney is a good idea. We understand what it takes to structure a compelling case on your behalf and we will make sure your rights are protected every step of the way.
Washington D.C. Hostile Work Environment and Sexual Harassment
If the inappropriate conduct that comprises the hostile work environment claim contains conduct of a sexual nature, then the claim is one of sexual harassment. Unwanted sexual advances, sexual jokes, photos and reprisal for rejecting sexual advances may contribute to a sexual harassment claim.
Not Sure if You Have a Hostile Work Environment Claim?
Talk to our knowledgeable attorneys to get answers to your questions. Call 202.331.9260 or send us an e-mail today.