Hostile Work Environment Claims In Queens, New York
Everyone deserves to work in an environment that is free of harassment. The law guarantees you the right to take action against an employer who refuses to address a hostile work environment. As employment law attorneys, it is our job to enforce your rights. Ricotta & Marks, P.C., is a New York law firm dedicated to promoting employee rights.
New York Attorneys for Harassment at Work
The law narrowly defines a hostile work environment as one in which the hostility relates to some form of discrimination. Some examples of what the law considers to be contributing factors to a hostile work environment include:
- Racial or ethnic slurs
- Sexually explicit or demeaning comments
- Homophobic or transphobic comments
- Hateful comments about members of a certain religious group
- Mocking jokes or comments about people with disabilities
- Jokes about a person’s age
- Offensive jokes, emails or posters containing any of the above
If you feel that you are working in a hostile environment, it is very important to document it. Be sure to submit a formal complaint in writing and to keep a record of any responses. If you are concerned that your employer will retaliate against you for making a complaint, our attorneys can represent you.
A hostile work environment can be very damaging to an employee’s health. You may experience anxiety, depression or decreased self-esteem. Our lawyers are prepared to pursue emotional damages in addition to economic and punitive damages.
Ricotta & Marks, P.C.
If you face harassment, know that you do not need to confront it alone. Contact our office in Queens to speak to an experienced employment law attorney. Call 800-240-9269.