As a worker in the United States, you are protected against verbal and physical harassment. As a form of discrimination, harassment occurs when your employer, manager or company demonstrates unwelcome behavior based on a protected, personal classification. These classifications include your race, gender, skin color, age, disability, and more.
When Is Harassment Unlawful?
There are several scenarios where harassment becomes unlawful. When enduring the unwelcome conduct becomes necessary in order to keep your job, you have a right to end that behavior. Also, your rights protect you from actions that a reasonable person would consider threatening, intimidating, hostile or abusive. Moreover, you are experiencing illegal harassment when unwelcome verbal or physical events cause a change in your salary, status, or condition.
Some Common Examples of Workplace Harassment
All too often, people believe that unwelcome conduct must be sexual in nature. This is not true. Workplace harassment can take many forms. Offensive jokes, slurs, catcalls, nicknames, physical abuse, extortion, bullying, insults, inappropriate images, and more can all be considered harassment. The person harassing you can be your boss, supervisor, coworker, or someone else.
When to Contact Us for Advice
When you feel that your rights have been violated, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will determine the facts of your case, advise the best course of actions and give you the information you need. Keep in mind that you do not have to be the person who directly receives the harassing behavior. Harassment can affect an entire work environment and negatively impact you as a fellow employee. Contact us today for get your free consultation.
Employment Law Office of John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC