Different types of lawyers handle different aspects of the law. An employment lawyer is the most qualified choice to deal with legal matters related to a hostile work environment.
Good employment lawyers know hostile workplace laws like the back of their hands. In addition to assessing the merits of EEOC harassment claims and assisting with the filing process, they can help mistreated employees sue their employers for compensation and other remedies.
What Qualifies as a Hostile Work Environment?
Not every unpleasant work environment is a hostile one. A hostile work environment exists when an employee is subject to offensive or unwelcome conduct that is so pervasive or severe that it affects his or her ability to work. An employment law attorney will assess factors such as the frequency of the conduct, whether the conduct was verbal or physical, and more when determining if a work environment is hostile.
To file a hostile work environment lawsuit, the employee must also prove that they were targeted based on a protected characteristic. Characteristics protected under federal law include:
- National origin
State anti-discrimination laws often protect additional traits, including sexual orientation and gender identity. An employment lawyer can help you navigate harassment and discrimination actions under your state's law.
Remember that it is important to report unacceptable workplace conduct as soon as possible. Successful cases often depend on documented evidence that the problem was reported. If reporting the problem does not provide sufficient resolution, your best bet is to get in touch with an attorney.
Talk To Our Lawyer About Your Situation
James H. Shoemaker, Jr. is an employment lawyer with over 25 years of experience. He believes everyone is entitled to perform their job duties in a healthy work environment.
Mr. Shoemaker can help you if you suspect that you are a victim of a hostile work environment or if you want to know more about your rights. If you live in Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., or throughout the U.S., please call 757-223-4580 to discuss your case.