Workplace discrimination and harassment present an ongoing problem in many workplaces in the United States. Both Colorado state and United States federal law prohibit workplace harassment, which becomes unlawful when enduring the conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or when the conduct results in a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment exists when the prohibited harassment unreasonably interferes with an employees work or creates a work environment that is intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits workplace harassment, and may allow employees who have been the victims of harassment to bring a legal action against their employer. Title VII protects people against particular kinds of harassment, including harassment motivated by:
- Sexual orientation
- National origin
- Retaliation for filing a reporting or filing a complaint about workplace discrimination
It is important to note that not all offensive conduct rises to the level of impermissible harassment. Conduct such as teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not particularly serious will not result in an actionable claim. Because the standard of the type of conduct that constitutes a hostile work environment can be so subjective, it is important for anyone who believes that they may have a hostile work environment claim to consult with an experienced Colorado employment law attorney as soon as possible after an incident. An attorney can help you determine whether you have a claim, and if so, file a complaint on your behalf. In addition, an employer may attempt to threaten or intimidate you into not proceeding with your claim, and will be less likely to do so if he or she is aware that you are represented by counsel.
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