Tulsa, OK Hostile Work Environment
When the actions of your employer, supervisor, or coworkers result in a hostile work environment, our Tulsa, OK employment law attorneys take the legal actions needed to protect you.
There are times when work is likely the last place you want to be. While periodic problems or conflicts are to be expected, when they occur on a regular basis, it is a real problem. A hostile work environment can make it impossible to concentrate on your job and can have major impacts on your physical and emotional health. At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we take the legal actions needed to protect you. Our Tulsa, OK hostile work environment attorneys can guide you in holding those at fault responsible.
Actions That Create a Hostile Work Environment
Under federal laws enforced through the Equal Employment Opportunity Commision (EEOC), employers are prohibited from taking actions designed to harass or discriminate against workers. Creating a hostile work environment is a combination of both. It is behavior that makes it impossible to feel secure or focus on your job.
At Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker, we provide the aggressive legal representation victims in hostile work environments need to protect their rights. Common examples of behavior that can lead to a hostile work environment include:
- Inappropriate and offensive ‘jokes’ and other comments made in the office or sent through emails;
- Constant put downs based on your age, race, sex, or status as a disabled worker;
- Acts of intimidation, public humiliation, and other types of disrespect;
- Physical actions, such as hitting, pushing, or blocking someone’s movements;
- Sexual harassment, which includes unwanted attention and inappropriate comments;
- Any other type of conduct that is intimidating or offensive.
In some cases, a supervisor or co-workers may create a hostile work environment as a means of revenge or out of mean-spiritedness toward a specific individual. Other times, it impacts a business on a broader basis and while toxic, is generally considered as ‘normal’ by those involved.
Your Rights in Dealing with a Hostile Work Environment
Having to subject yourself to a hostile work environment can take a heavy toll on both your physical and emotional health. Unfortunately, removing yourself from the situation can end up having a major impact on your financial security and your future career prospects.
In these types of cases, Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker acts as a strong legal advocate on your side. Our Tulsa, OK employment law attorneys can guide you in filing a complaint through the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission and a civil lawsuit against those involved. In addition to helping bring about changes in your workplace, this can entitle you to compensation for any lost wages or benefits you suffered, as well as for your legal expenses, counseling costs, or other expenses you incurred.
Our Tulsa, OK Hostile Work Environment Attorneys are Here to Help
If you are experiencing a hostile work environment, Boettcher, Devinney, Ingle & Wicker is here to help. Call 918-728-6500 or contact our Tulsa, OK employment law attorneys online today to request a consultation.