When inappropriate behavior is coming from another employee, they are your best in-house resources.
They also serve as your witness to the fact that you asked the offending employee to stop the behavior.
They may not have realized the degree to which you found the actions offensive.)These resources will help you address a hostile work environment before the hostility escalates.
A boss who verbally berates you about your age, your religion, your gender, or your race may be guilty of creating a hostile work environment.
Even if the comments are casual, said with a smile, or played as jokes, the boss may be creating a hostile work environment.
Especially in instances where you have reported the behavior of a manager or supervisor to the appropriate manager or HR staff member, the behavior must stop.
Additionally, the reported individual may not retaliate against you as a payback for your reporting of his or her improper behavior.
Some employees believe that a bad boss, an unpleasant work environment, a rude coworker, failure to qualify for a promotion, or the lack of perks, privileges, benefits, and recognition can create a hostile work environment.
But, the reality is that for a workplace to be hostile, certain legal criteria must be met.
Federal code and case law describes the atmosphere as being "offensive, intimidating, or oppressive." Oftentimes, it develops because the employer wants the employee to do something and the employee refuses to do it because of his legal rights.
For instance, if an employee reports some illegal behavior of his or her employer, the employer likely knows that he cannot fire the employee.
An employee who experiences a hostile work environment, and has attempted to make the behavior stop without success, though, should go to his or her manager, employer, or Human Resources staff. Your employer must have the opportunity to investigate the complaint and eliminate the behavior.
A later hostile workplace lawsuit you institute will flounder if the employer was unaware of the situation and had not been given the opportunity to address the behavior and hostile environment.
The legal requirements for a hostile work environment include these.