Hostile Work Environment

Depending on your job or workplace, your definition of a hostile work environment may be completely different from someone else's. For example, inside jokes or offhand comments made between long-time co-workers may seem harmless to some, but they could be viewed as derogatory and harmful by other employees. At Higgins Law Firm, PLLC, we can help you understand the difference between office banter and a hostile workplace.

No One Should Be Made To Feel Intimidated At Work

Just as employees have responsibilities as part of their jobs, employers also have numerous obligations to their workers that must be upheld. When a supervisor or employer fails to meet these requirements, it's important to contact a lawyer to take action and see that the legal requirements and obligations are met.

The circumstances of any employment law case can vary greatly, but a few common factors that contribute to a hostile work environment include:

  • Intimidation
  • Unlawful expectations
  • Singling out employees for ridicule based on race, gender or disability
  • Unlawful denial of advancement, pay, benefits or leave
  • Verbal abuse and discrimination
  • Physical confrontation
  • Sexual harassment
  • Written harassment via email or other social media
  • Office or workplace bullying

Holding Those In Charge Accountable

It's expected that supervisors protect the interests of all their employees and uphold the policies of the company. However, in some instances, a supervisor may be the cause of discrimination or other behaviors that create an unsafe workplace. Those victimized by a negligent or abusive boss can feel trapped with nowhere to turn. That is why we encourage employees to consult our attorney so we can take legal action on your behalf.

At our firm, we carefully investigate incidents of harassment and discrimination, gather testimony and build strong cases that force employers to comply with the law. Take the first step and contact our Des Moines, Iowa, law office by dialing 515-619-9148 or complete our online contact form for a prompt response.