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How Can Employment Discrimination Occur In The Workplace?



Employment discrimination can take subtle forms in the workplace. Other employees or supervisors may believe that they can avoid liability by making racial slurs, offensive comments or engaging in other behavior that does not seem to outright affect an employee. The truth is that making inappropriate comments aimed at another employee for his or her religious background, age, national origin or sexual orientation can contribute to a hostile work environment for the victim. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has clearly defined harassment as the creation of a work environment that is "intimidating, hostile and offensive" to a reasonable person. A discrimination attorney can settle your case by proving that you suffered from discrimination in an intimidating or hostile work environment.

Title VII Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

Harassment is strictly prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are a few forms of behavior that can result in harassment in the workplace. Simply annoying another person is not behavior that will rise to the definition of harassment. Also, isolated incidents of inappropriate comments will not rise to the level of harassment. Harassment has a two-pronged test that must be proven by a plaintiff in court. To prove harassment in a court of law, a plaintiff will need to show that he or she endured conduct that became a regular condition of continued employment at a company. Secondly, the conduct must be severe and create an atmosphere that is intimidating, hostile and offensive to a reasonable person. A reasonable person must consider this behavior to be abusive or hostile.

Types Of Harassment

A discrimination lawyer will need to show specific examples of harassment occurring in the workplace in order to prove a discrimination claim. He or she will need to show that one of the following types of behavior occurred in order to prove a harassment claim:

  • Placement of offensive pictures in the office
  • Making offensive comments to a specific person
  • Making a mockery of a person due to his or her national origin, ethnicity or sexual orientation
  • Physically assaulting another person

Meet With A Discrimination Lawyer

If you have suffered one of these examples of harassment, then you can call a local attorney today or fill out the form on this page. A discrimination lawyer will analyze your claim and try to prove that harassment occurred in your workplace.