Clearwater Harassment Attorneys
Are You Suffering from Workplace Harassment in Tampa Bay?
If you’re enduring pervasive and frequent harassment at your place of work, you may be able to hold your employer liable for harassment and creating a hostile work environment. At Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC, we fight for clients seeking justice for enduring illegal treatment at work because of their status as a protected individual in the United States.
A protected individual is someone who cannot be harassed at work because of their:
- Age (40 or older)
- Skin color
- Sex (including pregnancy and gender)
- National origin
- Marital status
- Sexual orientation
- Genetic information
Someone at work making insensitive jokes about you, putting you down, or intimidating you for any of these reasons may be harassing you with discriminatory behavior. They can also be causing you physical harm or displaying offensive imagery and using offensive slurs around you. These examples and other situations like them may be unlawful. If you find yourself in this position at work, you can reach out a harassment attorney in Clearwater for help.
Reach out to Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC online to challenge an employer for creating a hostile work environment and hold them accountable for allowing you to be harassed. Call us at (727) 202-5840 for help today!
What Is Workplace Harassment?
Workplace harassment against a protected person can look like any of these and more:
- Use of racial slurs in reference to someone or in general
- Jokes about a protected class that others find offensive
- Intimidation or terrorizing
- Unwelcomed touching of any kind
- Display of offensive imagery and symbols
There can be a fine line between harassment and sexual harassment at work. The latter form of abuse can have a sexual or sexist element to it and affect anyone at work. This contrasts with workplace harassment, which applies specifically to people of protected classes.
Sexual harassment can take on the following forms and others:
- Unwanted touching
- Comments about a person’s body or sexuality
- Display of sexually explicit, offensive, or discriminatory imagery and symbols
- Derogatory comments made about a gender
- Any kind of sexual assault, including rape
Your Employer Is Responsible
An employee being harassed, sexually or otherwise, isn’t responsible for this mistreatment. The law expects the employer to take measures to prevent harassment from ever occurring. Some harassment, however, can occur without management’s knowledge. Because of this, employees are encouraged to follow the employer’s steps for reporting workplace harassment to a supervisor, human resources, or another entity that can help in the matter.
Once an employer becomes aware of harassment, however, it’s their responsibility to investigate the complaint and reasonably attempt to stop the behavior. When an employer hasn’t done any of this, or their efforts have failed and the harassment continues, an employee may legally be able to hold an employer liable for allowing a hostile work environment to persist.
If your place of work has become hostile and you’re enduring harassment of any kind, reach out to a harassment attorney in Clearwater from Kwall Barack Nadeau PLLC for help.
Contact us online for more information about our services and to learn how we may be able to assist you!
We are one of the few firms in Pinellas County, Florida to have two attorneys to have been Board Certified Labor and Employment Law, the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar.