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Hostile Work Environment

Hostile Work Environment

A hostile work environment occurs when an employee is being subjected to conduct that is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. 

The actions of managers, supervisors or co-workers can create a hostile work environment.  In some circumstances, the actions of someone who is not employed by your employer may also create a hostile work environment. 

A hostile work environment is illegal if is directed at a person because of sex discrimination, age discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, race discrimination, pregnancy discrimination, national origin discrimination, religious discrimination, or disability discrimination. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination prohibit subjecting an employee to a hostile work environment.

Determining whether to pursue a legal claim is an important decision. You should be aware of your rights and prepared to take action if your rights are violated. Bell & Bell LLP offers free initial consultations, and we will take the time necessary to understand your situation and concerns.

If you believe that you have been subjected to a hostile work environment, you should seek immediate legal assistance. For a consultation with a lawyer at Bell & Bell LLP, call 215.569.2500 or contact us online.