Nobody should ever have to worry about being harassed at their place of work. Unfortunately, workplace discrimination still occurs more frequently than you might think. The good news is that employees in our country are legally protected from undue harassment in the workplace. If you’re an American worker, you might wonder if your employer is taking the proper steps to create a discrimination-free environment at your job. Continue reading this blog to find out, or reach out to an Atlanta Employment Discrimination Attorney for individualized legal counseling.
ARE EMPLOYERS REQUIRED TO PROVIDE A DISCRIMINATION-FREE WORKPLACE?
Yes, Georgian employers must provide a discrimination-free workplace for their workers. There are many different laws in place that protect American employees from facing discrimination on the basis of aspects of their identity such as their gender, race, nationality, orientation, etc, but the most important laws are at the federal level. This would include Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, among others. When employers or workers are found in violation of this Act, they are subject to consequences under the law if a claim of discrimination, retaliation, or harassment is brought against them.
HOW CAN EMPLOYERS REDUCE HARASSMENT?
Employers can reduce harassment in the workplace by training their employees. They can also set up policies that encourage equality and fair treatment of all employees, and they can require employees to sign off on contracts saying they will follow these policies. Additionally, employers can require employees to engage in tolerance training, which has proven to be incredibly effective at reducing harassment and discrimination. Unfortunately, these proactive measures only accomplish so much, and often, employers or employees will discriminate against certain employees anyway. If this has happened to you, you should strongly consider retaining the services of a seasoned employment lawyer as soon as you can.
Are you an employee in Georgia who is worried about facing harassment in the workplace? No need to fear because our highly experienced law firm is here to protect your rights! Contact Ben Barrett Law today for an initial consultation.