Hostile Work Environment or Harassment
In New Jersey, employees have the right to a workplace free of harassment on the basis of a legally protected characteristic under the anti-discrimination laws (that is age, disability, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc.).
Harassment is illegal when it creates a hostile work environment. To rise to that level, the harassment must be either so severe — one extremely bad incident – or so pervasive – frequent and repeated but perhaps less severe incidents — that it alters the terms and conditions of employment in such a way that a reasonable person of the same legally protected characteristic as the victim would find the work environment to be hostile.
In a sexual harassment case brought by a woman, a reasonable woman standard would apply. Similarly, in a racial harassment case brought by a black employee, a reasonable black person standard would apply.Speak With a Knowledgeable Employment Lawyer About Your Concerns at Work
The most common type of hostile work environment involves sexual harassment that occurs when an employee is subjected to unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature due to their gender or sexual orientation.Get a Free Evaluation of Your Workplace Harassment Case
If you have been harmed by workplace harassment or a hostile work environment in New Jersey, call the employment law firm of Lenzo & Reis, LLC, in Morristown at (973) 845-9922. You may also complete our online form with a brief description of your claim. Our experienced attorneys help employees who live and work in New Jersey.