STUART HARASSMENT ATTORNEY
What qualifies as harassment?
Harassment in the workplace is unnecessary and unwelcome speech or behavior based on an individual’s race, religion, nationality, sex, age, disability, or appearance. Offensive conduct includes such things as interference with work performance, mockery or ridicule, name calling, offensive jokes, intimidation, slurs, insults, offensive pictures and objects, and physical assault or threats. Harassment can come from coworkers, supervisors, and employers, but petty slights and annoyances or isolated incidents do not warrant legal action. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that harassment is unlawful in situations where:
- Enduring the offensive behavior and speech is a condition of continued employment
- The conduct is severe and pervasive enough to create a work environment that any reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
An employee who files a discrimination charge, or testifies or participates in an investigation is protected against harassment under anti-discrimination laws. When allegations of harassment are filed, the EEOC will examine the entire situation, including the context of the alleged incidents and nature of the conduct. There is no set formula to determine the illegality of harassment; EEOC determines if the harassment is pervasive or severe enough to be illegal on a case by case basis. Employers and supervisors are responsible to protect all employees from harassment, but if they do not, the harassed employee must contact a Stuart attorney as soon as possible..
Stuart Harassment Lawyer Can Help
If you believe you are being unlawfully harassed, it is important to call a firm that is experienced and knowledgeable in employment law to discuss your situation. Since 1927, our firm has protected the rights of countless clients in the Stuart area. Harassment has serious and damaging effects on an individual’s job performance and personal life, and we believe you deserve compassionate and powerful representation to stand up to your harassers. You are not alone; enlist the support and aggressive advocacy of Crary Buchanan.
If you are being harassed in the workplace, contact a Stuart harassment lawyer immediately to discuss your legal options.