In the perfect world, all employers would treat all of their employees fairly, and your colleagues at work would be professional and friendly in their interactions with you. However, the world is not a perfect place, and there are people who hurt others by discriminating against them. Factors like discrimination, sexual harassment, worker retaliation, etc., can make a hostile workplace.
If going to work makes you feel depressed or physically ill, the problem is no longer small and should be addressed. You do not want to work in a toxic environment forever, as it will only vanish your mental peace. Work with an attorney from Carey & Associates, P.C., and explore your options.
What is a hostile work environment?
A hostile work environment is when the employer or other employees make you feel uncomfortable in the workplace with their actions or words. A boss, co-worker, or client may behave a certain way, making you feel scared or intimidated in the office. Such cases can negatively affect someone’s mental stability and ruin their work performance as well.
What are your rights in the workplace?
As an employee, you have various rights in the workplace.
- You have the right to be free from retaliation. You should not be afraid to file a report against injustice in the workplace. Your employer should encourage such actions instead of getting angry at you and trying to punish you.
- You have the right to fair wages. Your employer should pay you a reasonable rate for your work and not cut your wages without a proper reason. You should not be expected to do any tasks for free.
- You have the right to a safe work environment. Facing hostility in the workplace means that the office is no longer 100% safe for you. Your employer is responsible for making sure you feel completely safe.
- You have the right to be free of discrimination and harassment. No one in the workplace can discriminate against you based on your characteristics, such as your religion, nationality, skin color, sexual orientation, etc.
What to do if you were harassed at your work?
If you were harassed and discriminated against at your workplace, it is crucial that you do not wait to file a complaint. Attempt to correct the situation by asking the other party to stop. If they continue their actions, report the incident and wait for the authorities to correct it. It is recommended to do so with an attorney by your side.
A legal professional can make sure your rights stay protected throughout the process.