Hostile Work Environment Attorneys Protecting Employee Rights in New York City
What Makes a Hostile Work Environment?
Employers are responsible for keeping sexual harassment and discrimination out of the workplace. It seems commonsensical, but oftentimes the actions of managers, supervisors or co-workers create an environment that’s hostile to another employee. If the harassment or discrimination is so severe or pervasive that it interferes with an employee’s ability to do his or her job, the workplace has become a hostile work environment. In addition, under New York City Law, the harassment does NOT have to be severe or pervasive to qualify. New York City has some of the most employee protective laws in the world! Under New York City law, the harassment need only rise above what is considered a “petty slight” or “trivial inconvenience.” Furthermore, even single incidents of sexual harassment or discrimination may be enough.
While this is a difficult predicament for any employee, the law only provides protection if the harassment or discrimination is directed at a person because of certain physical traits or membership in a set of specific groups. Together these traits and groups are called protected classes.
Employees in a protected class who have been the target of severe or pervasive harassment or discrimination because of their membership in that class can claim that they have suffered from a hostile work environment and look to the law for help.
What Are The Protected Classes Under Federal anti-Discrimination Laws?
Protected classes are groups of people protected from discrimination and harassment under United States Federal anti-discrimination law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, along with the laws of New York State and New York City’s human rights laws, make employers legally liable for discrimination that happens in the workplace against someone for any of the following reasons:
Does Who’s Harassing You Matter?
New York State has tough laws regarding hostile work environments. These laws acknowledge the greater power senior managers hold in a workplace and treat acts of harassment committed by them as if they were committed by the employer.
The laws treat harassment committed by co-workers and lower-level supervisors differently. In these cases, employers can defend themselves by investigating the harassment and taking effective remedial measures to stop it. If they fail, or do nothing, they can be legally liable for the harassment.
What should I do if you’re a victim in a protected class?
Don’t worry if you don’t have a copy of a harassing email or a recording of your harasser admitting the harassment. In many cases, especially when the harasser is in a powerful position or tied to people in powerful positions, the employer may make efforts to conceal his or her conduct. There may not be a single piece of obvious evidence, but when looked at as a whole, there is often a strong case. To protect your rights, it’s important to speak with an employment attorney as soon as possible.
Contact our hostile work environment attorneys about your hostile work environment case
The hostile work environment attorneys at the Derek T. Smith Law Group have been a strong and reliable advocate for clients dealing with difficult employment law issues such as hostile work environments, sexual harassment and discrimination. Our labor & employment law attorneys know the intricacies of New York, New Jersey & Pennsylvania’s employment laws and use that knowledge to deliver the most favorable results for you. Call us today at 877-469-5297 or contact us online. We know how incredibly difficult it may be to be in your position. Let our hostile work environment attorneys help.