Many people think of harassment as solely related to gender or sex, when the law prohibits workplace harassment on the basis of any protected class. This has been caused at least in part by the failure of employers to focus their training on anything but sexual harassment. In addition, often employer’s policies do not even mention racial or other forms of workplace harassment.
Under State or Federal law, if your supervisor or co-worker harasses you because of your race, color, gender, pregnancy, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, you may have a claim for workplace harassment.
Examples of sexual harassment may include:
In addition to the more obvious forms of sexual harassment, a supervisor may harass you on the basis of your sex in a manner that is not overtly sexual. This often occurs when women step out of stereotyped roles and rise into management or upper management.
Examples of sexual orientation harassment may include:
A manager has a duty to stop discrimination. If he or she allows racial slurs or jokes or harassment of a person of color to continue, that means the manager likely agrees with the racial comments being made.
Examples of racial harassment may include:
While the following may result in a claim for religious discrimination, these examples may also create a claim for a hostile environment based upon one’s religion.
Examples may include:
All information on our website is meant to be generally informative. To find out whether your may have a harassment case, you should consult a lawyer of your choice.