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Is Your Work Environment Hostile?

For a workplace to be considered hostile in the eyes of the law, an employee must endure constant harassment that is directed toward one or more protected classes as defined by law. In other words, the harassment must be based on one’s race, gender, religion or age. Poor treatment of an employee by a co-worker who simply does not like the employee is not necessarily illegal. At Sterling Employment Law, our hostile work environment lawyers in Detroit help victims who have had to endure repeated workplace harassment.

If you feel you are being subject to constant harassment in your workplace, speak with our attorneys as soon as possible. Contact us at 248-633-8916 to schedule an appointment to discuss your case.

Sexual Harassment Can Result in a Hostile Work Environment

Sexual harassment that creates a hostile work environment must result in a situation where the victim feels uncomfortable because of his or her sex. The harassment does not have to involve demands for sexual favors, it just must create an uncomfortable and offensive environment.

The mere repeating of sexual jokes between two employees does not necessarily create an offensive work environment. However, if one employee repeatedly tells another employee sexual jokes that the employee finds offensive, it may create a hostile work environment based on sexual harassment. The same applies to pictures, touching, staring and unwanted requests for a date. A hostile work environment due to sexual harassment can victimize both men and women.

Religious Discrimination and Race Discrimination Can Make a Work Environment Unbearable

When it comes to national origin and religious discrimination, the courts do not make much of a distinction between harassment and discrimination. That is, where one finds discrimination, one is likely to find harassment.

To rise to the level of a hostile workplace, the harassment and discrimination must be severe and pervasive. For example, the repeated use of derogatory words or ethnic slurs may create a hostile work environment. These determinations are made on a case-by-case basis. Our attorneys will thoroughly review your situation to see if you have a strong hostile work environment claim.

Contact Our Attorneys

If you have endured bullying at work or have otherwise been victimized by a hostile work environment in Michigan, talk to our attorneys. Contact us online or call 248-633-8916 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.