When you go to work you expect to arrive at a safe environment where you can be productive and contribute to your personal success and the success of the company you work for. A traditional workplace should be one where employees feel free to attend to their duties in a welcoming environment, without being singled out for unfavorable treatment such as harassment due to their race, sex, national origin, pregnancy, or other status that is protected under federal law.
Despite the protections available to workers in Portsmouth, employees may continue to face unwanted negative attention in the workplace for reasons that have nothing to do with their work ethic or value as an employee. If you believe you are being harassed at work, it may be time to discuss your situation with an experienced Portsmouth workplace harassment lawyer.
What is harassment?
Harassment is unfair treatment due to your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, religion, pregnancy, or other protected quality. Not every interaction that you don’t like is harassment; rather, workplace harassment specifically targets personal qualities that do not add weight to your job performance. It is just one type out of many forms of employment discrimination.
Both men and women, and people of all different ethnic and religious backgrounds, may experience harassment in the workplace. Verbal harassment is one of the most common behaviors, and can include jokes, slurs, name-calling, and insults. Sexual harassment is another common behavior that affects both men and women. Women, however, report being sexually harassed at work more frequently than men do. Sexual harassment is a specific type of workplace harassment that is sexual in nature and includes unwanted sexual attention. Catcalling or refusing a promotion for not providing sexual favors are considered sexual harassment. Sometimes, this type of harassment is manifested physically in the form of unwanted touching.
Harassment can lead to the creation of a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment is facilitated when employers ignore the concerns of employees who report harassment. When an employee is expected to endure the harassment as part of the job, this may be grounds for a hostile work environment claim. Both your employer and coworkers may be responsible for creating a hostile work environment through workplace harassment.
Everyone deserves fairness and respect at work, regardless of his or her background, religious beliefs, or physical or mental ability. The compassionate attorneys at Bertini Law fight hard to protect the rights of employees who face discrimination in Portsmouth. We can help you explore your legal options to seek justice for your hardships. We also work closely with companies of all sizes to develop practical, fair, and compliant human resource policies. Call (757) 222-9165 or contact Bertini Law today to discuss your case.