I am singled out and harassed by a co-worker on a daily basis. I have notified management 3 times and each time they say they'll talk to him, which never changes anything, I work for a large corporate company. Are they liable?
State, Local, and Municipal Law Attorney
Hostile work environment in the context of employment typically refers to harassment based upon a protected classification such as race, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, etc. Often employees talk about "harassment" but unless it is based upon a protected classification, it isn't unlawful conduct....
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Employment / Labor Attorney
If you are in a protected class and the treatment is related to that protected class, then they might be liable. Call me for a quick consultation and I will let you know if you have a case or any other remedies.
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Contracts / Agreements Lawyer
A hostile work environment claim is typically based on a protected class, as my colleagues have noted. These matters are very fact specific and from the information you have provided, it is hard to determine whether the harassment is actionable. Please feel free to contact me or any other employment attorney to discuss the specifics of your case.
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