What Constitutes a Hostile Work Environment in New York State?

Going to work has become very uncomfortable lately. Whether you’re dealing with a boss who makes inappropriate comments to you, a coworker who tells racist jokes, or a CEO who bullies all the employees, you just don’t feel like you can work there anymore. However, at the same time, you don’t have a problem with the actual job, and you’d like to keep it if possible.

So what can you do? You may be able to file a legal claim. Then you could receive compensation for everything you’ve experienced, take care of the issue at work, and hopefully be able to stay in your position. 

What Qualifies as a Hostile Work Environment in New York?

If you’ve experienced bullying or discrimination, heard offensive comments, or have been discriminated against by a coworker or boss, then you may be in a hostile work environment. Many times, people experience sexual harassment in the workplace or are discriminated against for their sex, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. 

Taking Legal Action to Combat a Hostile Work Environment

If you believe that you’re working in a hostile work environment, then you can reach out to an attorney and ask if you have a valid claim. There must be serious or pervasive offensive conduct happening in your workplace. For instance, if your boss called you “sweetie” one time, it may not qualify, even if it is inappropriate and unprofessional. But if your boss has asked you out on a date multiple times and gets mad when you say no, then you may be in a hostile work environment. 

Getting in Touch With a Lawyer

If you believe you are experiencing a hostile work environment, then contact the personal injury firm Gash & Associates. Gash & Associates help clients throughout Westchester County and we offer free consultations. Reach out today by calling (914) 328-8800.

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