Are you in a hostile work environment? At work, if you feel intimidated, uncomfortable, or have trouble doing your job due to the actions or behavior of another, you are in a hostile work environment. This usually takes place in the form of harassment or discrimination. Fortunately, harassment laws are put in place to protect you in such a situation. The Federal Civil Rights Act and Florida’s Civil Rights Act prohibit discrimination based on the following:
- National Origin
- Marital Status
What Do You Do if You are the Victim of Discrimination?
If you are the victim, you must either confront the person who is harassing you or report the behavior to a supervisor. This is never an easy step. However, it is vital to confirm that the person knows their behavior is unwanted.
If this does not stop the behavior, take your complaint up the chain of command or to the Human Resources director. File a complaint following your company’s policies and procedures. Ensure that your complaint is documented and that the company is aware of what is happening. If the company knows about the situation and does nothing to remedy it, the company could also be held liable.
At this point, you have already given the company and employee a chance to rectify the situation, and you have given your employer an opportunity to investigate. If these efforts don’t get you anywhere, it may be time to think about a discrimination or harassment lawsuit.
A skilled discrimination and harassment attorney will have extensive knowledge on employment law, and will be able to not only offer advice to victims of harassment, but also provide helpful guidance to employers to resolve these types of complaints.
Do You Have a Harassment Case?
Are you an employee or employer with a potential harassment or discrimination case? Contact an experienced St. Petersburg employment law attorney at Jones Law Group today. When you contact our office we will immediately set an appointment where you will meet your attorney and be provided with his/her contact information. If you do not have transportation or you cannot drive, your attorney will travel to meet you and discuss your case with you.
If you think you may have a harassment or discrimination case, you should immediately call an experienced attorney in St. Petersburg at Jones Law Group at (727) 571-1333 during regular business hours or (727) 753-8657 on weekends or after regular business hours.
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