On average, American workers spend 8.8 hours per day at work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some people enjoy their jobs, but for others, the workplace can be a place of dread due to a hostile work environment created by co-workers or managers. It affects their job performance and can lead to stress, ulcers, and lack of sleep.
A hostile work environment exists when a worker faces harassment and fears going to work because of an offensive, intimidating, or oppressive atmosphere created by others. This can be at the hands of co-workers or by someone in management. A hostile work environment can include any of the following:
Sometimes workers are harassed as a form of retaliation from their employer after reporting workplace violations or illegal activity. Employers think they can make a “whistle blower” quit through intimidation. This is illegal, and employment laws exist to remedy the situation.
Other people are targets of harassment from a co-worker or group of co-workers. This form of workplace bullying is illegal and you should report it to your employer immediately. Your employer has a legal responsibility to take corrective actions and can be liable if the harassment and intimidation continues.
A hostile work environment should never become the accepted culture of any workplace. It can lead to low productivity, high turnover rates and increased healthcare costs.
Our Minnesota hostile work environment attorneys can help if you are a victim of harassment at work. You have the right to a comfortable work environment free of intimidation and fear. Contact our law firm to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced employment law attorney – 612.294.2200.