Recently had a physical altercation are work with an unprovoked co-worker. No supervisor was on duty till hours afterwards

Asked about 1 year ago - Freehold, NJ

I was wondering if this is an example of a hostile work environment

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  1. Christian K. Lassen II

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    Answered . No

  2. Allan E Richardson

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    Answered . No. This sounds more like a personal problem with one person. Report it to your supervisor.

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  3. L. Maxwell Taylor

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    Answered . "Hostile work environment" is a term of art which arose out of the law of employment discrimination on the basis of sex. It referred to a work environment permeated with objectionable sexualized conduct such as catcalls, wolf whistles, come-ons, leers, crude jokes or comments, centerfold posters, etc., which created a completely different working environment depending upon which gender one belonged to. Garden-variety workplace hostility, "workplace bullying," is generally not actionable as employment discrimination against employer, but a co-worker who commits a battery commits an actionable tort and may be sued in his own right.

    Not legal advice, just general information. Consult New Jersey counsel to obtain legal advice. I practice in Vermont ONLY.

  4. George Ellis Corson IV

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    Answered . I don't think so. I think it is an example of a hostile person or two.

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