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Are you employed in a hostile work environment?

Discrimination and harassment can make your work environment completely hostile. If you feel like your coworkers or supervisors at your New York job are harassing you based on your age, gender, race, sexual orientation or any other protected status, then you may be experiencing a disruption in your performance and well as in your overall career path.

Since your employer owes you a duty to provide a safe work environment, free from harassment and discrimination, you may be able to fight back by taking legal action. Read below for some signs that indicate your office might be a hostile work environment.

Discrimination is present

If discrimination is occurring in your workplace, take it as a major sign of a hostile work environment. Forms of discrimination may not only be verbal, they could occur as a denial of benefits you have a right to receive. For example, if everyone on your team received a quarterly bonus except for you, your supervisor or manager might be discriminating against you.

Sexual harassment occurs

In general, sexual harassment occurs when an individual engages in inappropriate behavior: Sexual connotations such as innuendoes, touching, propositions, and unwanted advances as some forms this may take. In many circumstances, sexual harassment comes in the form of a boss demanding sexual favors in return for promotions, raises and other work-related benefits. Often, if the subject of the harassment does not go along with it, the perpetrator may resort to victimization.

Physical or verbal intimidation

If there is any kind of intimidation occurring, your workplace might be toxic. This might come in the form of your employer threatening you with a demotion or termination on a regular basis. It could also appear as physical violence. Regardless of what form it takes, intimidation can result in high levels of stress and fear, affecting not only your physical health, but your self-esteem and mental health.

Sub-par facilities

If your office has poor lighting, substandard equipment, a lack of reasonable sanitary facilities and ventilation, this could also lead to a hostile work environment. This is because working in sub-par conditions can lead to frustration, stress and even physical harm.

If you have experienced discrimination or harassment in a hostile work environment, it is important to remember that you have rights and options. Your employer is legally required to provide you with a safe work environment free from such harm.

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