While we all hope that employees will act professionally and cordially in their interactions with others in the office, it is not always the case. Unfortunately, there are some examples where employees suffer through sexually charged remarks, unwanted touching, sexual advances, or other inappropriate conduct. Continue reading and give our skilled Chesterfield County hostile work environment attorney a call today if you are facing workplace harassment. You are not alone.
What is a hostile work environment in Virginia?
Unfortunately, individuals across the United States have experienced discomfort in their place of occupation. Keep in mind, however, that in order for a work environment to be considered hostile according to Virginia law, there must be proof of continuous harassment toward a protected class. This means that one statement, no matter how rude or inappropriate, will likely not be considered harassment. That is because, generally, there must be regular and consistent inappropriate behavior for it to be deemed harassment. For instance, continuous unwanted sexual advances from an employer or co-worker are probably considered sexual harassment. Our firm recognizes that no one should ever be made to feel unsafe, uncomfortable, or threatened in the workplace. If you are encountering this unfortunate situation, you should hire the services of a skilled employment law attorney. Our firm is on your side and will fight for you and your future each step of the way. We are just one call away.
What steps should I take after encountering harassment at my job?
If you were harassed in the workplace, do not wait to take action so that you can prevent this inappropriate behavior from occurring further. The first step you should take is to report the harassment to your Human Resources department or to your supervisor. In the event that you have reported the harassment to either/both of these parties and the harassment still persists, or if you are experiencing the harassment directly from your supervisor him/herself, it is in your best interest to reach out to a skilled employment attorney that can work to get you the justice you need and deserve to heal and move forward.
You will want to note that employers do have certain defenses to a hostile work environment claim. For instance, if the employer can demonstrate that the employee failed to take appropriate steps to document the situation and can establish that it took proper care under the circumstances, the employer may be able to avoid liability.
Our firm recognizes the pressure this situation can have on those affected. There are cases where your employer may not look out for your best interests, but fortunately, our firm can. Our firm will assess your case and decide whether you have a potential claim against your employer. Reach out to us today to begin. We are on your side.