Boss catching businesswoman using cell phoneThis is the second post in our series on the handling of hostile work environment cases in Atlanta, Georgia. Our last post provided an overview of subjects we will be addressing and stressed the need to call an attorney if you feel your rights have been infringed upon. The legal process can be quite complicated and retaining counsel can help to prevent your making a mistake which bars you from being compensated. In this article we will address another important topic – understanding what is, and what is not, a “hostile work environment.” If you are unsure as to whether your employer has committed a violation then contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.

Many people feel that they are in a hostile work situation because they do not get along with their boss or supervisor. Some also believe the law is being broken because they are talked down to when they make a mistake or because their employer has an angry disposition. It is important to understand that, for legal purposes, a place of employment will only be considered “hostile” if the employer is actually violating a law or regulation. Examples of such violations include:

The fact that you do not get along with your boss, that your feel your employer is mean, or that you feel your job is a tense place is not enough to make the environment hostile in the eyes of the law. Understanding the differences between the legal definition of “hostile,” and the everyday use of the word, can help you to understand whether or not you have rights that are being violated.

It is also important for employees to understand that your rights may have been violated and that you may not realize it. Many workplace laws can be violated in ways which are subtle. An employer, for example, does not have to grope a female employee to be considered as having committed sexual harassment; simply being subjected to inappropriate comments may be enough for you to bring a legal action.

If you feel your employer has broken the law then contact our office today to speak with an Atlanta employment lawyer. Our attorneys practice heavily in this area and are ready to assist you. We also service 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.

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