Hostile Work Environment

While a hostile work environment is often associated with repetitive sexual harassment, any repetitive form of illegal discrimination, or a single extreme incident, may give rise to a hostile work environment.  For example, repeated racial or ethnic jokes or slurs may create a hostile work environment based on race or national origin.  A single physical attack or threat of violence against an employee because of the employee’s race, national origin or other protected class feature may be enough to create a hostile work environment.

For a “hostile work environment” to arise in a legal sense, the offending conduct must be based on a protected class feature (See “Workplace Discrimination”).   A supervisor or co-worker who is a bully or who is simply obnoxious to everyone does not create a “hostile work environment” that gives the employee a right to sue even if the work environment may be very unpleasant.

If you feel you have been a victim of a hostile work environment, please call the Fegley Law Firm at (215) 493-8287 or email Mr. Fegley at scott@fegleylaw.com.  Mr. Fegley will personally discuss your situation with you by telephone or email and will tell you whether the problems you may be experiencing at work are, in fact, a hostile work environment which may give you the right to sue your employer.