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Fight Workplace Harassment with Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C.

Workplace harassment is unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic, and like other forms of harassment, it is harmful and illegal. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC):

Harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).”

Not every unpleasant work experience rises to the level of harassment, but if you are experiencing an intimidating, hostile, or abusive work environment, you should talk to a Marietta harassment attorney right away.

Our team at Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. is ready to listen to your concerns during a free consultation and put more than 150 years of collective experience on your side.

Call us at (770) 629-0154 to get started today.

What Is a Protected Characteristic?

In the United States, protected characteristics include race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. Discrimination or harassment based on protected characteristics is illegal. Sex includes sexual orientation, gender identity, and pregnancy, and age is a protected characteristic beginning at age 40.

Workplace harassment and other forms of discrimination are illegal when they are based on a person’s protected characteristics.

Employees who speak out about discriminatory employment practices are also protected against retaliation, so employers may not fire or otherwise punish them for voicing their concerns, participating in an investigation, or otherwise acting against discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

What Are Examples of Harassment?

Unless they are extremely serious (i.e., threats and assaults), isolated incidents do not qualify as workplace harassment. Being offended or annoyed does not mean you are experiencing harassment, either.

Harassment occurs when offensive conduct creates a hostile work environment.

Examples of harassment may include:

  • Offensive jokes, slurs, epithets, or name-calling
  • Ridicule or mockery
  • Insults or put-downs
  • Intimidation
  • Physical assaults or threats
  • Offensive graffiti, cartoons, or pictures
  • Inappropriate questions
  • Unwelcome comments about a person’s religion or religious garments
  • Pressure for dates or sexual favors

Sexual harassment may also take the form of quid pro quo harassment, which occurs when someone in a position of authority over another directly or indirectly demands sexual favors in exchange for an employment benefit (a raise, promotion, etc.) or to avoid an adverse employment action (getting fired, demoted, etc.).

When an incident of harassment is severe or repetitive and interferes with your ability to work, you have every right to file a complaint or contact a Marietta harassment lawyer.

Who Is Liable for Workplace Harassment?

Employers are automatically liable for quid pro quo harassment and other harassment by a supervisor that results in negative employment action(s). If an employer promptly corrects and tries to prevent harassing behavior, they may be able to avoid liability.

When you report workplace harassment, your employer has a responsibility to correct the situation and protect you from further harassment. However, if you do not take advantage of preventive or corrective opportunities, you may not have a case against your employer.

Employers are also liable for harassment for non-supervisory employees and non-employees they have control over (like independent contractors and customers). Anyone can be affected by a hostile work environment and report it – even if they are not the subject of the harassment.

If you report harassment you witness or experience, your employer must make sure that you are not punished or treated differently because of it. If your employer retaliates against you, they can be liable for both the harassment and the retaliation you suffer.

You should not hesitate to hold your employer accountable for harassment. Filing a lawsuit can also help you recover damages for the harm you have suffered.

File a Harassment Claim Today

Busch, Reed, Jones & Leeper, P.C. can help you file a harassment lawsuit against your employer. We offer big-city experience with small-town prices and free initial case evaluations to help you get started.

Our broad-stroke litigation firm has in-depth knowledge of federal anti-harassment and discrimination laws and employment laws in Georgia, and we are dedicated to protecting your future.

Call us at (770) 629-0154 or contact us onlineto schedule a free consultation and file a harassment claim today.

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