Discriminatory comments or harassing behavior can result in a hostile workplace. The following are some of the frequently asked questions our lawyers receive concerning hostile workplaces and employment law. Of course, everyone's situation is different and nothing can replace the advice you receive in a one-on-one meet with an attorney. For a free phone consultation, call the New York law firm of Fisher Taubenfeld LLP at 646-569-9621.

What is a hostile work environment? It is exactly what it sounds like. In other words, a workplace that is intimidating or offensive due to hurtful comments, discrimination, bullying or unwanted sexual advances. Typically, the disparaging behavior is centered around race, sex, religion, age, sexual orientation or disabilities.

My coworkers and I don't get along. Am I working in a hostile environment? Maybe. In order to prevail on a hostile work environment claim, you must show that the offending behavior is severe and/or pervasive. In other words, a single incident or a couple of off-hand, offensive remarks do not constitute a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment usually makes a person reluctant or fearful of going to work, unable to adequately perform his or her job duties, has a negative impact on job performance and may even lead a person to quit his or her job altogether.

Is there a deadline for filing a claim? Yes. There is statute of limitations for bringing a hostile work environment claim. It is important to seek legal counsel as soon as possible if you believe you are enduring a hostile workplace.

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