What Are My Legal Options if I’m in a Hostile Work Environment?

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In a perfect workplace, all employees would be professional and cordial in their interactions. Unfortunately, there are some instances where employees suffer through sexually charged comments, unwanted touching, sexual advances, or other inappropriate conduct. If you are in this unfortunate situation, read on and give our skilled Chesterfield County hostile work environment attorney a call today.

How does the state of Virginia define a hostile work environment?

It is unfortunate that individuals across the country have felt uncomfortable in their work environments. Keep in mind, however, that in order for a work environment to be deemed hostile according to Virginia law, there must be evidence of consistent harassment based on a protected class. One “joke,” no matter how rude or off-color, will likely not be regarded as harassment. That is because, typically, there must be routine inappropriate behavior for it to be considered harassment. For example, continuous unwanted sexual advances from an employer or co-worker will likely qualify as sexual harassment. No one should ever be made to feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or threatened in the workplace. If you are facing this horrible situation, you should retain the services of an experienced employment law attorney. Our firm is on your side and will fight for you and your rights.

What should I do if I was harassed at my job?

If you have been harassed in the workplace, it is crucial that you do not wait to take action to prevent the misconduct. The first step you should take is to report the harassment either to your Human Resources department or to your manager. If you have reported the harassment to either/both of these parties and the harassment still continues, or if the harassment is coming from your supervisor him/herself, you should reach out to a skilled employment attorney that can work to obtain the justice you deserve. 

Also, recognize that employers do have particular defenses to a hostile work environment claim. For example, if the employer can show that the employee failed to take reasonable steps to report the situation and can show that it took reasonable care under the circumstances, the employer may be able to evade liability. 

Our firm acknowledges the stress this situation can generate. Your employer may not always look out for your best interests, but our firm will. Our firm can assess your case and determine whether you have a possible claim against your employer. Give us a call today to get started. We look forward to hearing from you.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Virginia, you can count on Passero Employment Law to effectively represent your interests. If you would like to discuss your matter, please contact Passero Employment Law today.

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