What constitutes a hostile work environment?


Asked on July 22, 2015 under Employment Labor Law, Georgia


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A�"hostile work environment" is a term used to describe a workplace situation�in which�an employee cannot reasonably perform their�job�because of certain behavior, by either management or co-workers, which is considered to be adverse and unfavorable to their perfomring their duties (at least to the standard that they are capable of. If the environment created causes severe stress to the employee, it may be actionable as long as it�relates to one or more protected classes such as race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation.�

Note: Workplace vulgarity or teasing (short of bullying) may not be considered a hostile work environment (even if a protected class is involved).

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