Dealing with harassment at the workplace is a difficult task. In fact, a hostile work environment can make an employee’s life miserable. Enduring this abuse is by no means the solution. In a situation like this, it is extremely essential for employees to have a clear idea about their legal rights.
Fortunately, there are various federal and Florida state laws that protect employees from work place harassment.
- Employees do have rights with respect to harassment if the harassment is based on what is called a “protected class.” The protected class can be defined as a group of people which the employment civil rights laws protect from harassment based on sex, age, race, handicap/disability, national origin, and religion. So if your employer is harassing you on basis of any of these mentioned classes and creating a hostile environment, then you surely have legal rights that protect you against him/her.
- “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment is also prohibited by laws.
What can you do if you have been harassed at work?
If the company has a harassment policy, you should follow the policy and complain to the human resources department. If you fail to complain, employers can defend themselves by stating they haven’t received a complaint from your side, in spite of the company having a harassment policy.
If after your complaint of harassment, you are retaliated against, then you may also have a retaliation case against your employer. According to the federal and state laws, it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for complaining about harassment or discrimination.
How can we help you?
A hostile workplace can have a negative impact on your career. It’s essential to contact a harassment lawyer and fight for your rights. By discussing your case with an employment lawyer, you can be more confident about the decisions that you make. For a free consultation regarding your case, contact the Robert Michael Law Firm. We will fight for the wrong that has been done to you and help you assert your rights at the workplace.