Sometimes employment discrimination takes the form of a pattern of harassment. Instead of one obvious incident, harassment usually occurs over a period of several weeks or even months. Several instances added together can create a feeling of a hostile workplace environment. This can reach such a level that the employee feels trapped in a “no win” situation. This is another form of unfair discrimination.
If you find yourself in this situation, you might be part of a hostile work environment. Even though you might feel helpless, remember that there are things that you can do to get out of the situation. You have rights, and I will discuss these rights on this page. Having this information can prepare you to get the help that you need.
Consider This Situation
Consider this situation: Kareem is a Muslim employee that is frequently called “the Terrorist” by other employees. Kareem is the subject of insults and ridicule over his daily prayers and dietary obligations. Other employees exclude him from office parties and after-work functions.
When there have been terrorist bombings, like in Boston, the other employees make derogatory comments about identifying him as the responsible person. The supervisor is aware of the discriminatory treatment but says that Kareem and “his people” have caused their own problems. Kareem now believes that he is being passed over for training and promotions. This pattern has continued for some time.
Hostile Work Environment
Kareem’s situation demonstrates a hostile work environment based on both religious and national origin discrimination. The conduct of the other employees was so severe that it changed fair workplace conditions and created an abusive environment. No one should be discriminated against while at work. This pattern shows illegal discrimination, and if you are facing a similar situation, you have legal rights.
Hostile work environment claims are not limited to just religious or national origin discrimination. They can be based on:
If you believe that you are being discriminated against, you can report the incidents to get help. You can file a discrimination complaint with the governments’ anti-discrimination agencies. Of course, this is not the easiest process. There is a lot of paperwork involved, as well as deadlines and information that might seem complicated. This is where our law firm comes in. Our attorneys are here to help you. We can handle paperwork and help you gather resources. We can take the lead on a discrimination complaint so that you can focus on healing during this difficult time.
For more information on how our law firm can help, you can contact us at 203-925-9200.