A hostile work environment can be established by any number of factors. It could be racist cartoons hung on a common area clipboard or sent around the office via e-mail. Perhaps management tolerates offensive jokes being told in meetings or around the water cooler. A certain policy may give the impression that the accommodations for one employee's disability are costing his co-workers, leading to workplace retaliation.
Both state and federal law and most company employee policies have procedures for handling a hostile work environment. It is an employee's right and duty to rely on these protections when they feel they are being subjected to any form of discrimination.
In the last 20 years, the laws regarding what constitutes a hostile work environment have substantially and dramatically changed. At Rogan & Associates, we stand for the principle that no one should have to put up with discrimination or other unfair treatment at work. We help employees fight back.
If you are experiencing a hostile work environment or have been the victim of workplace retaliation, call our office at 201-289-8231 or contact our New Jersey hostile work environment attorneys online to schedule a free confidential initial case evaluation.
What Is a Hostile Work Environment or Workplace Retaliation?
In order to constitute a hostile work environment, the offensive remarks or material or other behavior must be of a type that would be found to be distasteful by a reasonable person. If no corrective action is taken, or if the reporting employee is subject to workplace retaliation for complaining, the employer can be held liable. It is important to note that it is not necessarily a defense if an employee has made no official report of the situation.
The attorneys of Rogan & Associates are experienced at handling hostile work environment and workplace retaliation cases, including:
- Sexual harassment
- Harassment based on age, disability, race, religion or sexual orientation
- Offensive comments, excessive swearing or exposure to pornography
- Unwelcome touching
- Repeatedly sent religious messages
- Retaliation or wrongful termination against employees in violation of whistleblower protection laws
We will fully investigate your claim and collect evidence such as copies of the offensive material, witness statements by current and former co-workers and other objective proofs that corroborates your claim. Throughout your case, we will work closely with you and ensure we are always moving toward achieving your goals.
Experienced Hackensack Workplace Retaliation Lawyers
Our firm is so experienced in these employment law issues that our lawyers are routinely asked to conduct seminars to companies about what constitutes a hostile work environment and how to prevent and respond to the situation. If you are dealing with workplace discrimination or harassment at work, we are here to help. Contact us today or call 201-289-8231 for a free, confidential consultation.