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What is a hostile work environment?

On Behalf of | Sep 21, 2018 | Firm News, Sexual Harassment |

If you believe that you were harassed at work in the state of California, it is likely that you have researched how the law works in regard to workplace harassment cases. Generally speaking, an act in the workplace is considered to be harassing behavior if it was persistent or severe enough to have created a hostile work environment.

However, many people are confused about what a hostile work environment is. This is why it is important to consider the way that a specific action made you feel and how it affected your work if you are considering taking action. You can take action by filing a workplace harassment claim in the state of California.

Understanding the term “hostile work environment”

The regulations surrounding workplace harassment rest on the preliminary belief that you have a right to feel safe, comfortable and welcome in the work environment. You have a right to a good working environment so that you can carry out your workplace duties in an effective way. However, when you have an uncomfortable or inappropriate experience in the workplace, it may affect your ability to be able to function in the workplace. You may be so disturbed by the action that you feel uncomfortable or even scared to speak to the person who acted. This is generally referred to as the creation of a hostile work environment.

If you think that an experience you had at work contributed to a hostile work environment, it is important that you consider the ways that you can report the incidence of harassment and protect yourself from further behavior like this.