Do you believe you have been mistreated at your workplace? Has a boss or co-worker made you feel uncomfortable by making jokes about your sexual orientation?
Do you feel as though you were overlooked for a promotion because of age discrimination? Maybe a joke was made using racial slurs that made you feel unsafe.
If you experienced any of these situations and your employer ignored your complaints and did nothing to fix it, then your rights have been violated, and you are in a hostile work environment.
Workplace discrimination and workplace harassment can create hostile work environments against the law and infringe on your civil rights.
If you work or live in the state of Indiana and believe your rights have been violated or federal laws have been broken, it’s important to seek legal advice right away.
What to Do If You Find Yourself in a Hostile Work Environment
Should you find yourself in a hostile work environment, it’s important to take the following steps:
- First, know your rights. You have the right to question any discrimination and harassment that makes you uncomfortable and creates a hostile work environment.
- Alert the employee or co-worker who is harassing you of their behavior and tell them to stop.
- Next, report the workplace harassment right away to your manager.
- Create a harassment claim with your company’s human resources department for evidence.
Finally, contact a law firm for legal advice and speak with an employment attorney to learn if you have a case.
How to Prove a Hostile Work Environment Case
In the United States, agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission enforce laws and employment acts to protect you from a hostile work environment.
To know if you experienced workplace harassment, sexual harassment, employment discrimination, or work in a hostile work environment, here are examples to help you decide:
- A boss or employee asking inappropriately about your sexual orientation
- When an employee with a disability, physical or mental, is harassed or treated unfairly because of their medical condition, which is a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- An employee who is denied FMLA under a medical leave act without cause
- If an employee was denied overtime pay they were owed
- If an employee acts as a whistleblower and reports a hostile work environment to their co-workers or employer and experiences wrongful termination
Can I Sue My Employer for Creating a Hostile Work Environment?
Yes. If you’re ready to move forward with your claim, find an employment lawyer who will create a trusted attorney-client relationship with you and take your claim seriously.
HKM Employment Attorneys of Indianapolis are skilled employment law attorneys who have years of experience with hostile work environment claims, employee rights, and employment discrimination.
While filing a hostile work environment claim and employment litigation process takes time, HKM Employment Attorneys of Indianapolis will do all they can to make sure your claim is heard and responded to as fairly and quickly as possible.
Contact HKM Employment Attorneys of Indianapolis today. An individual member of the firm will be in touch with you shortly.