No employee should be subjected to unlawful harassment in the workplace. Federal and state laws both prohibit certain types of harassment, which are a form of employment discrimination. There are statutes that protect employees from harassment from co-workers or from their employers. The laws in Ohio largely mimic the federal laws, and it is important that all employees are familiar with the statutes that protect their right to be free from workplace harassment. It is just as imperative that when those rights are violated, employees contact an experienced Ohio employment lawyer who can help.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines workplace harassment as pervasive or severe:
Unlawful harassment is not limited to the above scenarios. If employees feel as though their workplace is hostile, intimidating, or abusive based on race, sex, religion, disability, age, and other forms of prohibited discrimination, it may be workplace harassment. The EEOC also indicates that certain behavior may be illegal if the harassment is a condition of continued employment, or the behavior is repetitive and serious enough to interfere with an employee’s ability to perform the job. In other words, teasing and one-time comments will usually not be enough to constitute workplace harassment.
All employees in Ohio, as throughout the rest of the country, are protected from workplace harassment by federal law. The three main laws that protect employees are:
If an employee believes their employer may have violated these laws, the employee should speak with an employment attorney in Ohio.
If you believe you have been the victim of unlawful workplace harassment, it is important that you understand your legal options, and our Columbus employment lawyers can help. At Marshall Forman & Schlein LLC, our attorneys can walk you through the process of filing a complaint with your Human Resources department, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and other governmental agencies responsible for enforcing employment laws. We can also help determine if the employee can file a lawsuit against their employer to claim certain damages when appropriate. If you believe you are working in a hostile work environment, call us today or contact us online to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.
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