What is a Hostile Work Environment?

Many people have work colleagues they find offensive or work conditions they do not enjoy. However, when someone has to endure offensive or unwelcome discriminatory behavior that makes them feel scared or intimidated and disrupts their ability to work over a significant period, then another level has been reached that can be defined as a hostile work environment. The discriminatory and harassing behavior does not have to be directed at the person filing a complaint for hostile work environment. Anyone[…] Read More

Why Does Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Look Different During the Pandemic?

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic of 2020 has lasted into 2021 and caused many states and even entire nations to endure full lockdowns. That means many people who formerly communicated in person or over a company phone have been getting work done remotely. Remote work and remote communications have led to sexual harassment occurring remotely rather than in person. That has many employment lawyers reviewing complaints from clients that are significantly different than during non-pandemic years. Apparent Rise in Virtual Sexual[…] Read More

Is Sexual Harassment In The Workplace Driving Women Away from Science Careers?

A report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that 20 to 50 percent of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experience sexual harassment. This sexual harassment often has long-lasting effects on the STEM workforce, including driving women away from careers in science. Sexual harassment also has long-term negative effects on both an individual and their workplace, including creating a hostile work environment. Victims of sexual harassment are encouraged to contact an experienced employment lawyer for[…] Read More

Signs of a Hostile Work Environment

Employees have a right to work without fear of discrimination. Employers have a duty to maintain a workplace where all employees are treated fairly and with dignity in an environment free of bigoted intolerance.  If an employee feels physically threatened in their workplace, they are working in an environment that is hostile, but the legal classification of a hostile work environment is complicated. Defining a Hostile Work Environment Legally speaking, a hostile work environment is present when an employee is[…] Read More