What is a Hostile Work Environment in New York City?

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In most cases being rude and abrasive is not against the law. No legal standard governs workplace civility. However, if someone directs their hostility only toward a person or group because of their inclusion in a protected class, that sort of behavior may create a hostile work environment. In some cases, it may even be unlawful. Generally, a hostile work environment is one in which discrimination or harassment is so severe and pervasive that it alters the terms and conditions of a person’s or a group of people’s employment. For more information on what is a hostile work environment, please continue reading, then contact an experienced New York City hostile work environment lawyer today.

What constitutes a hostile work environment in New York?

Various actions may constitute a hostile work environment, but in most cases, a hostile work environment is defined as one where an employer or another worker harasses an employee sexually.

That said, employers are also prohibited from subjecting employees to harassment because of their gender, race, religion or national origin.

How do you prove you are in a hostile work environment in New York?

In general, isolated incidents do not rise to the level of creating a hostile work environment. The cumulative effect of a series of acts that work together to negatively impact your terms and conditions should form the basis of your hostile work environment claim. You should provide evidence of as much offensive conduct as possible, including, but not limited to:

  • Offensive jokes
  • Slurs
  • Epithets or name-calling
  • Physical threats or assaults
  • Intimidation
  • Mockery
  • Insults
  • Put-downs
  • Displays of offensive objects or pictures
  • Interference with work performance

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