Everyone has the right to work in an enjoyable environment without the fear of harassment. This is a form of employment discrimination that violates the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).
Harassment is unwelcome behavior based on color, race, sex, religion, age, national origin, genetic information, or disability. This becomes unlawful when the enduring conduct becomes a regular condition of employment and/or the conduct is severe enough to create a hostile environment in which the victim feels uncomfortable.
Offensive conduct can take many different forms, including: intimidation, name calling, jokes, slurs, threats, or sexual and physical assaults. This can occur in a variety of circumstances, with some of the most common being:
- The harasser is a supervisor, co-worker, or non-employee
- The victim does not necessarily have to be the person being harassed, but instead anyone who is impacted by the conduct
- Unlawful harassment can occur without economic injury to the victim
Virginia Employment Lawyer
If harassment has created a hostile environment at your workplace, and your employer has not taken any steps to stop it, you may want to contact an employment lawyer. If you’d like to discuss your situation contact our Virginia Employment Lawyers.