What is Considered Harassment?
Harassment is a term that indicates a different thing in Employment Law than it does in our everyday conversations. Most of us could say we know what it is like to be harassed by telemarketers, but in employment law, harassment is actually a form of discrimination. To be actionable, you must experience severe or pervasive conduct against you because of your membership in a protected class.
Proving Harassment in the Workplace
It is not enough that a coworker or supervisor is constantly picking on you or giving you a hard time. The treatment has to be due to your race, gender, disability or other protected status. Sexual harassment, for instance, is actually a form of gender discrimination.
In addition, it is not enough that a co-worker is harassing you in order to have a claim against your employer. You must make a complaint to your superiors and give them the opportunity to take corrective action. If they fail to take action, or it is your superior who is responsible for the conduct, you may have a claim for harassment.
Harassment is a Serious Matter
At the Law Office of Adam M. Kent, we take harassment very seriously. Not only is it a scary experience, it can affect your physical safety as much as your sense of self. No one should be made to feel like they are less important, or less human, especially in the workplace.
Contact Our Experienced Employee Rights Attorneys
Contact our skilled employee rights attorneys to discuss your unique situation in more detail. We know every case is unique and will treat you with the respect you deserve. Call for an initial consultation to discuss your situation in more detail.