Many people believe that a “hostile work environment” has to do with a rude co-worker, a demanding boss, or a gossipy office. The truth is that the phrase “hostile work environment” has a very specific legal meaning. Federal law protects those subjected to a hostile workplace only if a boss or coworker’s behavior prohibits an employee from doing their job and there is an element of discrimination to the behavior. If you are a victim of a hostile work environment there are actions you may take. Contact our Atlanta employment lawyers today for more information. Our attorneys are ready to assist you.
Georgia attorneys advocating for employees who have been victim to a hostile work environment
Federal law does not protect against general office bullying or a boss who simply plays favorites. Proving that an employee has been the victim of harassment in the workplace involves showing that a boss or co-worker has made it impossible for an employee to do their duties because of discrimination motivated gestures, behaviors, or communications. Examples of a hostile work environment may include a colleague making racist jokes, making lewd comments, sending an employee offensive emails or images, etc. In order for a person to have a legal complaint regarding a hostile work environment that person must be part of a group protected by anti-discrimination laws. Anti-discrimination laws protect workers on the basis of:
The EEOC enforces all laws that prohibit workplace harassment. Our attorneys may assist employees who have already attempted to resolve the situation through an HR representative or supervisor, or who need to file a complaint with the EEOC. We will ensure that all evidence of a hostile work environment is clearly documented and that the process proceeds as smoothly as possible. Our Georgia employment lawyers assist clients in the greater Atlanta Metro area including Jonesboro, Macon, Savannah, Athens, Kennesaw, Marietta, Decatur, Dunwoody, Stone Mountain, Tucker, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Norcross, Gainesville, as well as the counties of Bibb, Chatham, Clarke, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, and Richmond.
Atlanta based legal firm assisting harassed workers file EEOC complaints
It is not always easy to prove that discrimination in the workplace has occurred. While some evidence such as hostile emails are easy to point to, if a co-worker’s behavior has been mostly made up of offensive comments, gestures, and inappropriate touching, it can be difficult to articulate. The attorneys at Obiorah Fields, LLC will listen to the facts of your case and advise you if your next option is to file a complaint with the EEOC. We will assist you with filing the complaint and ensure that enough detail is included for the EEOC to make a reasonable decision. If your complaint is dismissed, we are prepared to file an appeal and will file a Federal lawsuit if necessary. Employees do not need to put up with a hostile workplace but they do have to take it upon themselves to ensure their rights are enforced. We are ready to assist you.