Did you know your employer is obligated to provide a reasonable work environment for all employees? You should feel comfortable and safe going to work, both physically and mentally. If your managers or coworkers make your job impossible with threatening actions or harsh words, you might be the victim of a hostile work environment.
What Constitutes a Hostile Work Environment?
There’s a difference between an unpleasant work environment and hostile work environment. A coworker can be rude and picking arguments, but this does not constitute a hostile work environment. In a hostile work environment, the behavior being displayed must also be discriminatory in nature. Some examples include:
- A coworker making sexual comments about you and passing around nude pictures
- Your supervisor making crude jokes that discriminate against your gender, race, or religion
- A coworker posting racial jokes to a business group chat room
- A manager treating you with hostility in a discriminatory way
If you think you may be working in a hostile work environment, you have options. You do not have to quit your job or put up with it. [Read more…] about What Is a Hostile Work Environment and What Can You Do About It?