Retaliation in a Hostile Work Environment
Hostile Work Environment Claims in New Haven, CT
It is important to understand what characterizes a hostile work environment.
A workplace in which an employee is uncomfortable due to certain actions
of others and where he or she cannot fulfill the duties of the job is
a hostile environment.
Types of Workplace Hostility
- Rude or inappropriate behavior
- Sexual harassment
Any unwanted comments regarding:
- Sexual orientation
Employees can experience workplace hostility from an employer, one or more
co-workers, or both. Whether you live in
Bridgeport, our law firm is available to discuss your claim. We know how difficult
these issues are and the personal devastation and stress that is usually
part of struggling in employment under these uncomfortable situations.
Another very serious display of a hostile work environment occurs when
an employer coerces an employee to quit after the employee files a workers'
compensation claim, reports
sexual harassment to HR, joins or strive s to join a union, acts as a
whistleblower, or other similar actions. An employer and/or company might do everything
possible to make an employee quit. An employer may create a hostile work
environment by reducing an employee's hours, scheduling shifts that
intentionally conflict with personal life, writing him or her up for rules
that were not broken, or even reducing an employee's salary for no
valid reason. When an employee finally caves in to the pressures of a
hostile work environment and quits, the employer is then free from the
burden of paying unemployment benefits.
Need a lawyer for a hostile work environment case in New Haven?
An employee is able to file a retaliation claim as the victim of a hostile
work environment situation. It is easier to file a retaliation claim instead
of a hostile work environment claim, as no evidence is necessary to prove
a hostile work environment occurred. Courts have stated, "an employee
can prevail on a retaliation claim by establishing that the employer retaliated
against the employee for opposing allegedly discriminatory practices even
if the practices were not, in fact, discriminatory."
Sias v. City Demonstration Agency, 588 F2d 692, 692 (9th Cir 1978).
Co-workers can also contribute to a hostile work environment. It can be
a racist joke or an inappropriate sexual advance. Legal counsel from a
New Haven employment discrimination lawyer is highly recommended to help you with your case.
New Haven Retaliation and Hostile Work Environment Attorney
Looking for a lawyer for hostile work environment claims in New Haven?
The attorneys with Axelrod & Associates can advise you on the many
legal rights that may benefit you, as well as available and highly effective
strategies to protect you from a hostile work environment.
Contact a Connecticut employer discrimination attorney
regarding retaliation and hostile work environments.