Florida Hostile Workplace Environment Attorney
Employers in Florida must provide a safe working environment for all employees, regardless of race, color, national origin, religious affiliation, gender, age, disability or veteran status. That means that racist and sexist jokes should never be allowed or promoted in the office culture. No one may touch you against your will or make suggestive remarks about your body or attire.
If you have gone to human resources to share your concerns about harassment or a hostile workplace and gotten nowhere, we encourage you to consult with an experienced lawyer at the Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A. Our founding attorney, William M. Julien, has more than 29 years of experience in employment law cases, dedicating a great deal of his practice to the aggressive representation of people facing discrimination and hostile workplaces. All of our attorneys have a solid track record of success in these kinds of cases and will be glad to discuss your concerns with you.
What Constitutes A Hostile Workplace?
It is against state and federal law to create or allow a hostile workplace. That means managers and co-workers may not harass you or allow workplace behavior that would make a reasonable person uncomfortable. You should not be exposed to severe, recurring and pervasive behavior such as crude jokes or remarks. If you feel you are being forced to quit, or feel you have no choice but to endure the harassment if you want to keep your job, you are in a hostile workplace.
A hostile workplace can also occur if you face retaliation, lower pay, fewer hours or wrongful termination because you complained about discrimination, reported a safety violation, made a workers’ comp claim, or blew the whistle on illegal practices at work.
Preserve Your Legal Options When Faced With A Hostile Work Environment
If your boss finds out that your co-workers – or even nonemployees such as contractors, vendors or customers – are creating a hostile work environment for you, your boss is required to take effective steps to stop it. Unfortunately, this often does not happen. Therefore, you’ll need to take steps to protect yourself and seek a legal remedy on your own.
Be sure to document everything that happened, including when, where, how and why. Also include dates and the names and contact information of witnesses, if they are willing to cooperate. Then, contact our firm to discuss the next steps.
Reach Out Today For The Legal Support You Need
If you are afraid of going to work or are being physically threatened at work, contact the Law Office of William M. Julien, P.A., immediately to schedule a free strategy consultation. Contact us online or call 561-560-5597. We handle most cases on a contingency basis, so you owe no attorney fees unless we successfully resolve your employment law case. Our firm is based in Boynton Beach and serves clients throughout Florida.