Have you ever felt uncomfortable or unsafe at work? Have you been sexually harassed, bullied, or discriminated against? If yes, then you should consider hiring a hostile work environment lawyer.
Workplace harassment is offensive conduct that affects millions of employees every year. It can take many forms and has negative consequences for both the parties involved and their families. Many people are not aware that they have rights regarding harassment in the workplace. Whether it’s bullying at work or discrimination outright, understanding workplace harassment helps you to prevent hostile work environments from developing.
While verbal and psychological forms of harassment are most common, there are more severe forms of harassment, such as physical and sexual harassment. All types of workplace harassment violate an employee’s rights under federal law because each form of harassment is considered discrimination, regardless of its severity.
What Is Considered Workplace Harassment?
Harassment in the workplace can occur in many different ways. All forms of unlawful discrimination qualify as workplace harassment. The following examples illustrate some of the types of illegal harassment:
- Being subjected to unwelcome sexual remarks.
- Being subjected to jokes about sex or sexuality.
- Feeling intimidated on the job by superiors or coworkers.
- Receiving unsolicited emails or text messages.
- Receiving inappropriate compliments.
- Having unwanted physical contact, such as grabbing, touching, pinching, or kissing.
- Being pressured into having sexual relations.
- Being made fun of for taking time off or being sick.
- Having unreasonable interference with your work performance.
- Being passed over for promotions or raises due to gender, age discrimination, or other reasons.
Federal laws prohibits workplace discrimination under the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (CRA), which protects all employees from unlawful workplace harassment. The CRA provides protections from discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy), gender identity, religion, ancestry, age, disability or genetic information, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, military service, citizenship status, and other characteristics. New York state law and New York City law also protect various kinds of workers in an unlawful hostile work environment.
If you are experiencing employment discrimination due to any of these reasons, it’s essential to speak with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible. Get a free consultation today! Call the law office of Levine & Blit at 212-967-3000 right away. We will evaluate your case personally and professionally and make sure you receive all the compensation you deserve.
How to Deal with Workplace Harassment?
The first step is to report the harassment to your supervisor or the HR department if you feel comfortable. Keep in mind that most managers and HR representatives have to follow certain procedures before they can file a report against someone harassing you. It takes quite a bit of time to investigate and pursue every case filed.
Your current employer has limited authority to change the way things happen in the office. Your HR director will likely offer you confidential counseling services, but sometimes you want to speak directly with an outsider. That is why we recommend seeking out the services of a qualified workplace harassment lawyer. They will guide you through every step of filing a complaint, gathering evidence, and pursuing a hostile work environment case if necessary.
Let Us Seek Justice on Your Behalf!
At Levine & Blit, our attorneys have extensive experience advocating for employees in hostile work environment claim lawsuits. We understand what it takes to win cases like this because we handle hundreds of similar hostile work environment claims each year.
From insurance carriers to Fortune 500 companies, we have worked with employees from businesses of all sizes and achieved results that few other firms could achieve.
If you are a victim of harassment, you should contact our firm immediately. Our lawyers have helped others in similar situations obtain justice through our strong advocacy and proven methods. Contact our firm today at 212-967-3000 to schedule a free consultation.