A person’s ethnicity encompasses many personal characteristics, including their race, national origin, linguistics, ancestry, religion, and more. Discrimination based on such factors is prohibited by federal and state employment laws. Despite such laws, many employees find themselves as the victims of unlawful discrimination based on their ethnicity.
Discrimination can involve losing a job, receiving less desirable job assignments, receiving less pay, or being denied a job or promotion because of their ethnic traits. It can also involve harassing behaviors in the workplace that subject the employee to a hostile work environment.
At the Las Vegas law office of HKM Employment Attorneys, we represent the rights of victims of workplace discrimination and hostile work environments. These cases can be complicated but our employment attorneys have the resources and understanding of state and federal law necessary to protect your rights. Call us today to discuss a potential case.
Dealing With a Hostile Work Environment
Many people may find their coworkers to be annoying at times or may be offended by certain behaviors at work. However, a mere annoyance or an isolated comment is not enough to constitute a hostile work environment and unlawful harassment under the law. Offensive behavior does create a hostile work environment if any of the following apply:
- The behavior is offensive or intimidating enough;
- The behavior is frequent and persisting;
- The behavior interferes with the victim’s ability to perform their job.
Such behavior can involve comments, threats, jokes, ethnic slurs, offensive emails or pictures, and more. The offending party or parties can be coworkers, supervisors, managers, vendors, contractors, or other third parties with whom the employee has contact. No matter who causes the hostile work environment, such a situation can often lead a victim to resign or may otherwise lead to the end of their employment.
Know Your Rights
As an employee who is experiencing hostile behavior at work, you have the right to report the information and expect that your employer will take the necessary steps to stop the behavior. If the employer does not take adequate measures to prevent further unlawful ethnic harassment, the law allows such individuals to file a legal claim against their employer or former employer to seek damages for the losses they incurred.
Ethnic discrimination and harassment can cause significant losses for employees in many ways. Lost wages and the interruption of a career are only some of the consequences of being exposed to a hostile work environment. Many victims of harassment and discrimination also suffer psychological and emotional injuries. A legal claim can provide the compensation and redress that victims of harassment deserve.
Contact an Experienced Employment Discrimination Attorney for Assistance Today
Victims of ethnic harassment have the right to file a claim against their employers, however, proving a hostile work environment can be challenging. It is important to seek assistance from a skilled Las Vegas employment lawyer who can guide you through the legal process. Please call HKM Employment Attorneys in Las Vegas to discuss how we can help you today at 702-625-3893.