Hostile Work Environment

Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

The Los Angeles Times published an article today about women leaving the IT industry in droves. As the article points out, women are not considered able to execute fast enough or even to be entrepenuers.  Given the projected expansion of the tech industry over the next decade, the tech industry's biased view of women is tantamount to shooting themselves in the foot.  In any event, this male stereotypical attitude can and will inevitably lead to violations of gender discrimination statutes.

Individuals frequently call for advice concerning the harassment and discrimination they experienced. They tell me they just couldn’t take it anymore and that going to work each day had become an anxiety-filled event, so they resigned from their employment. I assure them that they should not doubt the choice they made, because ultimately they did what they needed to stay happy and healthy. But often, under New Jersey law, that choice has limited, if not eliminated, their legal remedies.

I am learning more and more that my mother was right about a lot of things but particularly about timing.  A superb golfer in her day (she was a single digit handicap at her peak) she taught me that properly timing the start of the downswing was critical to both accuracy and distance.  And in love, she always told me that timing was critical when it came to marriage, i.e, whether my future wife and I would be "ready" when we first meet. She was absolutely right!

With the upcoming New Year, it is time for resolutions that we all hopefully will keep.  For employees, please adopt this resolution:  I will never email, text or post on my social media page content that I know could be offensive, violate someone's privacy or just be plain mean.   Failure to follow this simple rule just got a long time New Jersey municpal employee suspended without pay and possibly losing his job for distributing racist emails.

Sometimes bosses suck. It is one of life’s unfortunate truths. Some bosses yell at or criticize employees constantly; some blame employees for their own mistakes; some hover over their employees’ every move; some set unreasonable demands. They make you hate going to work and make every day unbearable. But do you have case against them for hostile environment harassment?

The answer is (as with most lawyerly answers) it depends.

Pages