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Legal Help for Employees Facing Unjust Treatment at Work

Many of us rely on the income from our jobs to support ourselves and our families. It can be very difficult for a person to "just get a new job" when they are faced with a hostile work environment. Leaving a job can be damaging to a person's career, and it can lead to economic hardship, at least in the short term. Standing up to a bullying boss or coworkers can prove incredibly difficult when one individual is the target of harassment and hostility due to some form of discrimination or retaliation. Fortunately, in these situations, there is legal recourse available.

Hutchison & Foreman, PLLC is committed to protecting the rights of employees. Our attorneys aggressively combat discriminatory and retaliatory hostility in the workplace because we believe that every worker deserves to go about their job without facing unfair and unreasonable treatment. There is more to these claims than simply having to work with unpleasant or difficult people - the hostility must relate to another cause of action, such as unlawful discrimination or other prohibited conduct. Our attorneys can discuss your case with you and help determine whether you have grounds for a lawsuit.

Fort Worth Lawyer Explains Hostile Workplace Claims

The legal term "hostile workplace" is less than literal in the type of situation it describes. Quite a few employees are in a work environment they would describe as "hostile." Some workplaces are distinctly unfriendly to some workers. However, having a boss or coworkers who are merely rude or verbally aggressive may not always give rise to a cause of action for hostile work environment.

Legally, a "hostile work environment" is one in which a worker experiences conduct that would give rise to another claim related to issues like unlawful discrimination or retaliation for whistleblowing or filing a workers' compensation claim. If you would likely have a claim for one of these reasons, and your workplace has become hostile because of the discrimination or retaliation, you may have a hostile work environment claim.

Additionally, the hostility must have become so severe that you cannot reasonably be expected to perform your job duties. It must also persist for some time - fleeting conflicts or a single isolated incident may not qualify as a hostile work environment, although they may give rise to another claim, depending on the circumstances.

Types of hostile work environments that likely qualify for this type of suit include:

  • Hostility due to racial discrimination or anti-LGBTQ+ bias, such as the frequent use of slurs
  • Sexual harassment or quid pro quo harassment that creates an environment you cannot work in
  • Harassment in retaliation for exercising your right to pursue workers' compensation

These are only a few examples of the types of situations that may give rise to a valid hostile work environment claim. It can be difficult to determine whether you have this type of claim without professional legal experience. Our attorneys can offer you a complimentary case assessment to help you determine whether you should proceed with a lawsuit.

It can also be challenging to prove these claims. Employers who are knowingly creating hostility toward an employee may not always leave a clear record of the harassment. We can assist you in gathering the types of evidence we may need to prove your case.

Contact a Fort Worth Employment Discrimination Attorney for Hostile Work Environment Claims

Hutchison & Foreman, PLLC is committed to helping workers who are facing a hostile work environment find the legal recourse they deserve. Our dedicated hostile work environment lawyers will do everything in our power to end the hostility and win the compensation you deserve. Call us at 817-336-5533 or send an email via our secure contact form to initiate a free consultation. From our offices in Fort Worth and Lubbock, we assist clients throughout Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma.

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