The law in Nevada protects the rights of individuals to earn a living free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. Going to work should be an enjoyable experience – after all, you may spend 40 or more hours per week in the workplace. If you dread going to work for any reason, it can affect you both psychologically and emotionally. If your workplace becomes so unbearable that you feel you must quit, it can have significant financial effects on your life.
One reason why many people have problems at work is due to sex discrimination that creates a hostile work environment. At HKM Employment Attorneys, we stand up for the rights of individuals in and around Las Vegas to go to work without having to experience discrimination or hostility. If you are having problems at work, please call our office to discuss your case today.
What is Sex Discrimination in Nevada?
Sex discrimination involves being treated unfairly in the workplace because of your gender. In addition to biological gender, discrimination is unlawful if it is based on any of the following:
- Pregnancy or potential to become pregnant;
- Childbirth or related medical conditions;
- Sexual orientation;
- Gender identity, expression, or stereotypes.
Many types of sex discrimination involve adverse employment decisions – such as refusal or hire or unequal pay – because of an employee’s sex. However, another common form of discrimination is harassment that creates a hostile work environment.
What Constitutes a Hostile Work Environment?
A hostile work environment refers to an intimidating or offensive situation at work created by discrimination or harassment. The key is that a “reasonable person” must believe that the environment would be hostile. Generally, behavior must be highly offensive or pervasive and ongoing to constitute a hostile work environment. Some behaviors may include:
- Unwanted touching;
- Constant sexual advances;
- Repeated offensive sexual comments or jokes;
- Showing of offensive photos.
In order to have a successful hostile work environment claim, you must report the harassment or otherwise use channels provided to you by your employer. If your employer was not made aware of the hostile work environment, they might not be held liable for losses you incurred as a result. On the other hand, if you did report the hostile work environment and your employer took inadequate measure to rectify the situation, the company will likely be held liable for the harm caused.
Contact an Experienced Las Vegas Sex Discrimination Attorney for Help
No one should have to tolerate a hostile work environment because of sex discrimination or sexual harassment. If you believe that your work environment may be hostile, you have nothing to lose by discussing your situation with a highly experienced employment lawyer. The team at HKM will listen to your situation with compassion and confidentiality and will advise you whether you may have a valid legal claim. We will review your options on how to best proceed to rectify the situation and protect your rights to a discrimination-free workplace under Nevada law. If you have any concerns, please call HKM Employment Attorneys today at 702-625-3893 to contact us online.