Nearly everyone has encountered hostility at work at some point. That hostility may come from the boss or from a coworker. While this can be stressful, it is not always illegal. However, when the hostile workplace is motivated by discrimination, or in retaliation for reporting many types of illegal conduct, or harassment because of your race or ethnicity, disability, age, gender or because of a similar trait, it is illegal. You can take action, and our attorneys can help you get compensation and justice.
You Have the Right to Do Your Job
You have the right to do your job and earn your income. When a hostile work environment interferes with that right, it does much more than interfere with your ability to get your work done. The stress of the discrimination or harassment can carry through to your personal life, impacting your home life, your financial security and more. Nobody should be subjected to unlawful harassment and our lawyers are dedicated to helping those who have been harmed by unlawful conduct in the workplace.
Your First Step
If you have not done so already, find out the process that your employer has set up to address hostile work environments. Follow that process by informing your employer of the unlawful conduct to which you have been subjected. Set forth the facts in a straightforward manner. We can give you guidance on this step, if you have not taken it yet. The key is to get the situation documented. Keep a record in which you note events, dates, names of witnesses and other important details. This may constitute important evidence in your case, so keep your documentation factual and consider how others might react if they read what you are writing.
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The law is very clear in terms of the rights it affords pregnant women. Employers are required to provide pregnancy leave and FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) leave. In addition to leaves, employers must make other accommodations for pregnant women and women returning from pregnancy leave. If an employer fails to provide these accommodations, or retaliates against the woman for using them, it is pregnancy discrimination. It is illegal. Our attorneys can help.