Employment Attorneys Stand Up Against Sexual Harassment
Since 1975, our employment lawyers have successfully represented clients for hostile work environment situations. Whether you are an employee with a complaint or an employer needing to defend your business, we are well equipped to handle your case. We listen carefully to your side of the story, thoroughly investigate and interview the necessary people to get to the facts of your case. We then present those facts to responsible parties to get positive results for our clients.
Employers and their managers have a legal duty to stop sexual harassment and prevent a hostile work environment for employees. The best way to avoid hostile work environments is to have appropriate employee handbooks, employee training and proper grievance procedures. Employment attorneys at KGG will review your situation and advise you as to the best path for your business.
What is a Hostile Work Environment?
To determine whether your workplace would legally be considered a hostile work environment, it is necessary to examine each case individually. A hostile work environment is generally defined as one in which unwelcome and offensive behavior is discriminatory in nature, and directed at an employee or a group of employees who are members of a protected class.
This offensive behavior must be part of a pattern, and must be serious enough that it is disruptive to the working atmosphere. It can be either physical or verbal, but the complaining victim must have reason to believe it will continue indefinitely.
This consistent, continuous harassment could stem from:
- Discrimination on the basis of protected status including: gender, race, ethnicity or disability
- Sexual Harassment by a supervisor, co-worker, supplier, customer or business partner
- Abuse that is a pattern of behavior, regardless of where it occurs: at an office, field worksite or any place employees are required to be for work
Behavior that constitutes a hostile work environment can come from any co-worker, non-worker or supervisor. It includes anything said or performed that creates fear, intimidation, ostracizes, threatens, embarrasses, ridicules or otherwise prevents an employee from exercising his or her duties.
Need an Attorney to Stop Sexual Harassment at the Workplace?
If your hostile work environment has become too much to bear, or you a business owner being accused of fostering a hostile work environment, you can trust Kantrowitz, Goldhamer & Graifman, P.C., to work hard to resolve your case. The quality representation you need and personal service you deserve are as close as your phone: call (800) 711-5258 or fill out our contact form. KGG can accommodate your need for an evening appointment.