Civil rights: Were you injured in a hostile work environment?

When a Louisiana resident shows up for work each day, he os she can reasonably expect a safe work environment. Every worker is protected by civil rights against discrimination and hostility in the workplace. If someone is acts in such a way so as to impede another person's ability to carry out his or her duties in a peaceful, nonviolent atmosphere, there may be grounds for filing a hostile work environment complaint.

Saying that a particular work environment is hostile is one thing. Legally proving it is quite another. For instance, being stuck with a bad boss or rude co-worker does not necessarily mean the workplace has become hostile. However, if the co-worker's rudeness constitutes harassment or discrimination, then the target of the attacks may have grounds to file a legal claim.

If a boss or colleague makes it impossible for a person to do his or her job, it may mean that his or her civil rights have been violated. Denying a promotion or a pay increase because of race, gender or age are some examples. A fellow worker would possibly be creating a hostile environment by repeatedly telling sexual jokes or sending sexually-charged photographs to a co-worker in the workplace.

Even if a boss makes so-called casual, berating comments toward an employee regarding his or her age, race, religion or other personally identifying detail, it may be grounds for filing a civil rights violation claim. The easiest way to determine if one has grounds to do so is to ask an experienced Louisiana employment law attorney to review one's case. Such an attorney can also advocate on a worker's behalf in court to increase the chances of obtaining a favorable outcome.

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