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How can a worker survive a hostile workplace?

Nobody expects to be faced with a hostile work environment, but this is reality for many workers throughout the state of Florida.

Facing this issue is never easy, as it means that you will dread going to work every day. Furthermore, you may worry about what is going to happen next, which can have a negative impact on your work performance.

At some point, you will begin to ask yourself what you can do to survive a hostile workplace. It is important that you take the right steps, ensuring that you remove yourself from a bad situation without making a decision that could have a negative impact on your career.

Some of your options for dealing with a hostile workplace include:

-- Finding others who are faced with the same situation as you-- Finding an escape, such as taking breaks if you feel the tension rising in your work space-- Protecting yourself by keeping accurate records of what is going on and how you are dealing with the issue-- Reporting the problem to your boss or another supervisor within the company

There are laws in Florida that protect workers against a hostile workplace. That being said, there is gray area when it comes to determining what is and is not a hostile act.

Dealing with a hostile workplace claim may sound like a challenging task. When you know the details of the law and how your situation fits in, it is easier to be confident about the decisions you are making. In some cases, it is most helpful to discuss your claim with an experienced attorney.

Source: The Houston Chronicle, "Ten Ways to Survive a Hostile Working Environment" Molly Thompson, Sep. 10, 2014

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