Federal laws and some state and city laws protect individuals from discrimination on the basis of sex. This prohibition on sex discrimination extends to sexual harassment, which includes conduct that unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
The determination of whether the conduct is sufficiently severe or pervasive to constitute a hostile work environment must be made on a case-by-case basis because not all offensive conduct is actionable under the sexual harassment laws. Please keep in mind that most employment laws have short time limits for filing claims and, as a result, it is best to seek legal advice as soon as you can. There are certain types of conduct and situations where actions by a manager or co-worker may rise to the level of a hostile work environment, for example:
Employees who have experienced a sex-based hostile work environment will find sensitive, skilled attorneys at Outten & Golden who are committed to advocating for victims of sexual harassment. Our lawyers help employees experiencing a hostile work environment by urging the employer to address and improve the situation; at times, that can involve moving the employee or harasser to a different part of the organization, or finding some other workable solution and/or compensating the employee.
If you believe you have been subjected to sexual harassment and/or a hostile work environment, please Contact Us today!