Signs of a Hostile Work Environment

Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

A female boss yells a two seated male coworkers at a conference table while she is standing and throwing papers in the air

You deserve to thrive in your career. You work hard, you care about contributing to teamwork and your workplace culture, and you probably never expected to deal with a hostile work environment in return. Unfortunately, many Americans deal with just this problem. Under certain circumstances, workplace harassment may constitute a hostile work environment, and our attorneys may be able to help you pursue justice.

If the following behavior is pervasive/severe, interfering with your work, and your employer knows about and has done nothing to stop it, then you may be in a hostile work environment:

  • Unwanted touching
  • Threats
  • Assault
  • Interfering with someone’s work
  • Intimidation
  • Slurs
  • Jokes
  • Mockery
  • Ridicule 
  • Sexually suggestive comments, language, pictures, or videos

These acts amount to discrimination against a legally protected group of people. The behavior is based on protected parts of a person’s identity, such as skin color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, national origin, marital status, gender identity, and more. 

A hostile work environment is more pervasive and persistent than one isolated incident in which someone said something offensive to you. The all-encompassing and relentless nature of a hostile work environment can eventually completely wear you down emotionally, mentally, and financially. The workplace may feel like an abusive, intimidating place to be because the harassment is ever-present.

Employers have a responsibility to respond to and address complaints related to harassment and a hostile work environment. This obligation is legally binding. An employer who fails to investigate and take action to stop workplace harassment may be held accountable by our experienced employment attorneys and may ultimately have to pay damages to the victim of the hostile work environment.

What To Do About It

If you believe you are the victim of a hostile work environment, please call the experienced Florham Park employment attorneys at Green Savits at 973-695-7777. We will listen to all you have to say about what you are encountering at work, and then we can provide our recommendations and suggestions for what to do next. Our employment attorneys have lengthy experience in all of the case law, state and municipal laws, as well as federal laws that may affect your situation.