Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

It is illegal for an employer to allow certain discriminatory comments or behavior in the workplace that make it a hostile work environment for any employee. At Abney & McCarty, our lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees who have been the victims of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace.

Offensive comments, discrimination, bullying, or unwanted sexual advances by a supervisor, manager or coworker can create a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment. Often it is sexual harassment or workplace discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religious beliefs, age, disability or sexual orientation that create a hostile work environment. Hostile work environment means that there is severe or pervasive offensive conduct in the workplace. To have a valid legal claim, the offensive conduct must be severe in nature, or pervasive (one incident or comment would not be considered pervasive).  The Kentucky Civil Civil rights Act and federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act, the American Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and state laws provide legal protection from being subjected to a hostile work environment.

There are many negative consequences that can result from working in a place with a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can make you unable to do your job and reluctant to go to work, which can severely affect your work performance and hinder your career advancement. It can make you fearful of your boss, co-workers or supervisors. In some cases, a hostile work environment can be unbearable enough to make you want to leave a job you otherwise enjoy.

If you have been the victim of a hostile, offensive or intimidating work environment, you may be entitled to file a legal claim and obtain compensation. But as with any workplace-related claim, do not delay in seeking legal advice because there is a statute of limitations to bring a  hostile work environment claim.

Most sexual harassment goes unreported because employees are afraid to speak up.  Let us be your voice.  If you have experienced a hostile work environment, contact the attorneys at Abney & McCarty, PLLC online or call (502) 459-4108 to schedule a free consultation.