Hostile and intimidating
“Harassment” and “hostile work environment” – what do these terms really mean under the law, and equally important, under UCF policy?
“Harassment” is a form of employment discrimination that violates state and federal law, as well as university policy.
Conduct that is so objectively offensive that it alters the conditions of the victim’s employment or educational environment is illegal.
Inappropriate behavior, such as remarks and actions based on stereotypes, can escalate if unchecked by management. When supervisors remain silent about inappropriate behavior, it effectively sanctions the behavior.
In other words, petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents of rude or obnoxious behavior generally are not enough to establish harassment.
We have a strong track record in representing employees throughout Indiana in disputes involving employment discrimination, harassment and other employment law matters.
Focusing exclusively in employee rights matters, our lawyers are equipped to provide excellent representation in hostile work environment litigation and other discrimination or harassment-based claims.
Conduct crosses the line when it goes beyond simple teasing and offhand comments, or when there are more than isolated incidents and there is a pattern of such incidents.
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
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