Such offensive behavior happens in many forms, including sexual harassment.To explore this concept, consider the following When an individual in the workplace feels scared, intimidated, or uncomfortable due to abuse or intimidation by a coworker, it creates what is called a hostile work environment.A hostile work environment is really just a specific form of harassment.The EEOC defines harassment as:unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.
By 2011, 50% of the people surveyed admitted to being subjected to rude behavior at a minimum of once every week which is an unprecedented increase of 25% since 1998.
To establish a claim of hostile environment harassment, a complainant (employee) must prove all of the following elements: Failure to meet or prove all of the above elements will likely result in you losing your case.
I think the common conception of a hostile work environment is a work environment that is unpleasant, generally sucks, or that makes you unhappy.
To determine whether a work environment is hostile, EEOC investigators look at the following factors.
It is not, however, just one of these factors that sways a workplace harassment case.