When employees go to work, they should believe that are entering a safe environment. No person should be subject to bullying, harassment, discrimination, or any other inappropriate behavior. When an employee is subject to such an environment, it may make them feel helpless and even cause them to perform poorly in their position.
Protections Under the Law
There are various federal and state laws that can protect employees if they believe they are being harassed, discriminated, or retaliated against, for example. Some of those laws include:
- New Jersey Law Against Disability (NJLAD)
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978
Who Should I Tell If I Believe I’m Being Harassed?
If you believe you are being harassed in the workplace, there are a number of steps you may want to take. First, it may be a good idea to write down the instances of harassment. Keeping a log can help you remember what may have happened when, and when the harassment began, for example. It may be a good idea to go straight to your supervisor to advise of the inappropriate behavior. Your supervisor should be able to take certain measures to address the issues. In some instances, you may go right to human resources. Human resources departments should have steps in place if an employee needs to file an internal complaint or grievance against a colleague or a supervisor.
If you believe you have been subjected to harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or other inappropriate behavior in the workplace, you may want to consult with an employment law attorney. An experienced employment attorney may be able to answer your questions and help you understand your rights.
The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you recover the compensation you are entitled to. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can assess the specific circumstances surrounding your lawsuit.