Hostile environment

Set Text Size SmallSet Text Size MediumSet Text Size LargeSet Text Size X-Large
Share
Updated: 4/11/2007 11:26 am
Both federal and state civil rights laws afford employees the right to work in an environment free from hostility. This means you have the right not to be subjected to any type of discriminatory intimidation, ridicule, or sexual harassment that's severe and pervasive enough to affect your employment conditions and create an intimidating or offensive work climate. Regardless of whether you suffer serious psychological injury, you generally have the right to take legal action against your employer if you've been subjected to a hostile work environment. Employers can be held liable if they knew, or should have known, about the inappropriate behavior in the workplace and did nothing to stop it. Though courts generally handle hostile environment claims on a case-by-case basis, many examine particular factors to decide if the challenged conduct created a hostile work environment, including frequency and severity of the behavior and whether physically threatening behavior occurred. Employers can take preventive steps to avoid circumstances that could turn into an offensive work atmosphere by enforcing a hostile environment policy that displays zero tolerance for such potentially offensive conduct as off-color jokes, lewd behavior, or excessive profanity. Employers should also take effective disciplinary steps when needed and encourage victims to report their complaints.
Share
Most Popular
9-Month Lexington Police Drug Investigation Nets 55 Arrests
Lexington police announce the end of "Operation Transformation." The investigation focused on drug sales in Lexington's east-end. Video Video
Customers: Reaction To Somerset's New Gas Station
Gas prices slightly dropped in Somerset, after the city's gas station opened for business on Saturday. Customers filling up at the new gas station said they would rather give their money to the city. Video Video
Deputies: Mother Left Child With Strangers Before Smoking Crack
Deputies say a woman asked strangers to watch her child while she went off and smoked crack.
2 arrested after police find body in car
Two people have been charged with kidnapping and murder after police say they found a body inside the trunk of a car in Hardin County.
Attacker Used Machete Against Lexington Man
Lexington Police search for a suspect who attacked a man with a machete. Video Video
Inergize Digital This site is hosted and managed by Inergize Digital.

WTVQ.com supports children's privacy rights. All persons under the age of 13 MUST have parental permission to use this website and direct parental supervision is strongly recommended.