Can you win a claim for a hostile work environment?

On Behalf of | Aug 26, 2022 | Discrimination

Your job should be a place where you feel respected and valued. If others in the workplace mistreat or harass you, that stress could harm your emotional and physical well-being.

Toxicity in the work environment is one of the biggest reasons people quit a job. Unfortunately, getting compensation in court will require more than proving hostility.

Proving a hostile workplace environment

Recognizing workplace discrimination is the first step. Proving a hostile work environment in court, however, could be challenging.

You must show that your boss or coworkers treated you in a way that was so offensive and severe that it affected your employment.

Demonstrating a protected characteristic

Rude or hostile behavior is not enough. You must also show that others harassed you because of a protected characteristic, such as your gender or race.

Cruel behavior is never excusable. Still, it is only illegal if someone is harassing you based on the following:

  • Your gender
  • Your color or race
  • If you have a disability
  • If you are pregnant
  • If you are over 40
  • Your national origin
  • Your sexual orientation
  • Your marital status

If someone is acting in an inappropriate way, think about talking to a person in management. If your company has a human resources department, talk to someone there as well.

Alerting higher-ups about your difficult situation is the first step. Those in management might not realize how stressful things are. Your company has a vested interest in keeping on staff.

Looking for and training a new employee is expensive. Most companies find it cost-effective to work on a resolution instead.


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