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One of the worst scenarios for an adult to deal with is a hostile work environment. At the very least, it is uncomfortable, and in severe cases unbearable, and potentially a threat to your safety. No one should have to put in that situation, which is why the Chicago hostile work environment lawyers of the Zoldan Law Group, PLLC speaks up for victims and handles hostile work environment cases. Call (312) 980-9992 and schedule a confidential case evaluation today.
A hostile work environment is what occurs when harassment has become so pervasive that it has created an environment that is so intimidating or offensive to the employee as to be untenable. Harassment may come in many forms, both physical and verbal. It can be based on any of the following forms of discrimination: sex, sexual orientation, race, religion, national origin, age, or disability.
Conduct that may give rise to a hostile work environment, includes:
A common misconception is that a hostile work environment is a place that’s generally unpleasant. For a work environment to be illegally hostile, it needs to go beyond minor inconveniences, casual joking and general rudeness. As a result, this type of case can be extremely complex, as they are subjective and fact-specific. There is no specific formula used to determine when a workplace qualifies as hostile.
Both federal and Illinois laws protect against certain types of harassment in the workplace, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (1964). This law protects employees who experience sexual harassment or are discriminated against or experience wrongful termination based on their gender, race, color, national origin and religion. When discrimination takes place in violation of Title VII, thus creating a hostile atmosphere for the employee, legal action can be pursued.
First, allow your employer the opportunity to correct the problem. They are legally obligated to make it stop and cannot retaliate against you for reporting the issue. If they fail to do so, you have the ability to file a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). It must be within six months of the harassment, in which case the agency will offer mediation as a resolution or if the parties cannot agree, investigate the claim. The EEOC will then render their decision on if there is the right to sue.
Meeting with a Chicago employment lawyer will give you quality legal advice and help you learn how to document the occurrence and prevalence of your hostile work environment. We can then help you prepare an official complaint for the EEOC. Schedule a confidential consultation by calling (312) 980-9992 or filling out our online contact form.