Hostile Work Environment/Verbal Abuse?

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Latest post Fri, Mar 6 2009 3:44 PM by LynnM. 3 replies.
  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 1:55 PM

    • jtunis
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    Hostile Work Environment/Verbal Abuse?

    What constitutes a Hostile Work Environment/Verbal Abuse in the workplace? Would such an allegation be taken seriously if the allegation includes what the accuser considers demeaning behavior, but does not include racial, ethnic, religous, gender specific insults or profanity or vulgarities?

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 2:01 PM In reply to

    • Kivi
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    Re: Hostile Work Environment/Verbal Abuse?

    NewsHostile work environment generally has a rather specific legal meaning in employment law.

    Bottom line, the hostile work environment has to be related to a "protected characteristic" or in retaliation to filing a compliant based upon such a characteristic.  Protected characteristics are things such as race, sex, or ethnic background.  Some states also extend protection to sexual orientation.

    If the verbal abuse cannot be traced to such a protected characteristic, then it is legal.  Your options are either to put up with it or find another job.

     

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 2:01 PM In reply to

    • Beth3
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    Re: Hostile Work Environment/Verbal Abuse?

    A hostile work environment exists when there is a pervasive atmosphere of prohibited discrimination due to gender, race, etc.  Verbal abuse per se and vulgar language are not against the law. 

  • Fri, Mar 6 2009 3:44 PM In reply to

    • LynnM
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    Re: Hostile Work Environment/Verbal Abuse?

    No, what you describe is not a hostile work environment, merely an unpleasant one.

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