Nobody should ever fear for their safety while at work. Unfortunately, if you are currently a victim of workplace harassment, there is a very good chance you are extremely uncomfortable every time you walk through those doors and into a hostile work environment. Please read on and reach out to our knowledgeable Georgia employment rights attorney today to learn more about workplace harassment and how our firm can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:
Can I hold my employer responsible for workplace harassment?
When something bad happens in the workplace, generally, the manager or boss is the first one to know. That is why oftentimes when people are victims of workplace harassment, they go straight to their boss to notify them of the employee’s actions. Unfortunately, this does not always stop the harassment, especially if their boss decides not to take action. This creates a hostile work environment. That being said, if the harassment continues and you can prove that your employer either knew or should have reasonably known about the harassment and failed to take action, there is a very good chance you may hold that employer liable for the harassment.
What should I do if I am in a hostile work environment?
The first part of a hostile work environment case is verifying whether you are truly a victim of harassment. A one-off comment that may have been in bad taste may not qualify as harassment. Harassment generally involves persistent or serious slurs, threats, or offensive jokes about a protected classification. Protected classifications can include your race, religion, gender, age, or disability. If you truly believe that you are a victim of workplace harassment, you should follow the following steps:
- Begin gathering evidence. Collect text messages, emails, and other correspondences that clearly depict harassment. Try and record incidents of harassment as well.
- Speak with your boss if the harassment is from another employee. If the harassment is coming from your boss, speak with the HR department. If you do not have an HR department, it may be time to retain the services of an experienced employment attorney.
- If you have tried everything within your company’s confines, contact Attorney Barrett today. Nobody should feel threatened in the workplace. Our firm will fight for your rights, every step of the way.
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