Hostile Work Environment

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All employees have a right to a non-hostile workplace. Hostility includes any behavior from a supervisor or coworker that is intimidating, threatening, abusive, or offensive to any reasonable person. This behavior also typically prevents a rational person from doing the job they were hired to do. Petty annoyances, slights, or mild isolated incidents, while obnoxious, aren’t necessarily illegal. Offensive behaviors that would be considered conducive to a hostile workplace include the following:

  • Offensive jokes
  • Slurs
  • Name calling
  • Intimidation
  • Ridicule
  • Physical assaults or threats
  • Insults
  • Offensive objects/pictures
  • Sabotage of work duties
  • Sexual harassment

While a hostile environment may happen without economic injury to the victim, it has caused people to quit their jobs or make transfers where possible.

Federal and State Protections

Under both Florida and federal law, employers are prevented from harassing their employees or encouraging harassing behavior. Often, harassment is conduct that is based on discrimination against race, color, sex, religion, pregnancy, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), and the Florida Civil Rights Act (FCRA) all protect employees from employer action and inaction based on discrimination.

The Department of Labor has a Harassing Conduct Policy designed to help employees address unwelcome conduct long before their workplace becomes hostile. However, if all other resources have failed you, you can sue your employer for allowing or perpetuating hostility in their place of business.

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