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Employment Harassment and Discrimination

Work is a place for professionalism and politeness. However, sometimes people deviate from the proper behavior that is appropriate for the workplace. When that behavior becomes too disruptive, or is motivated by harmful reasons, that inappropriate behavior can cross the line into discrimination and harassment.


Unfair and Illegal Treatment

Discrimination and harassment are both illegal forms of conduct that break laws surrounding employment. While they are both disruptive, there are significant differences between discriminatory behavior and workplace harassment.

Discriminatory Behavior

Discrimination can occur at any point in the employment cycle. There is discriminatory behavior that can occur during the hiring process, during the course of employment, or as someone is leaving their position. The key to discriminatory behavior is that there is a difference in treatment on the basis of a protected class. Protected classes include:


- Age
- Color
- Disability Statues
- Echnicity
- Race
- Religion
- Sexual Orientation
- Sex

If an individual believes that they have been discriminated against, they can file a case with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The EEOC has a mandate to investigate potential incidents of employment discrimination.

Workplace Harassment

Another incredibly disruptive form of behavior is workplace harassment. Harassment comes in two forms: pervasive harassment and severe harassment. Pervasive harassment is the consistent performance of harassing behavior towards a person or group of people. Severe harassment is one intense act that affects an employee’s sense of safety in the company. Harassment can be perpetrated against the victim, but it can also affect bystanders who bear witness to the behavior.

Protecting Employment Rights

If you have suffered a violation of your employment rights and need to defend yourself, you will need the help of an experienced employment law attorney. A private defense attorney is able to focus completely on your case and devote far more attention to your case than a public defender would be able to.

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Employment Harassment and Discrimination Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is workplace discrimination and harassment?

Workplace discrimination refers to any act that treats protected groups unlawfully. Most often discrimination refers to unfair treatment on the basis of race, sex, ethnicity, color, religion, or disability status. If multiple discriminatory acts are committed against an individual, that may constitute workplace harassment. Harassment is any repetitive or highly disruptive behavior that impairs the victim’s ability to work.

2. How can I prove discrimination at work?

In order to prove discrimination, there are two facts that need to be proven. First, it must be demonstrated that some kind of inappropriate behavior is happening that is harmful to the victim. Second, it must be shown that this behavior was targeted towards a certain protected group of individuals.

3. How can I prove harassment at work?

In order for behavior to be classified as harassment, it must be shown to either be pervasive or severe and it must be disruptive to the victim’s ability to work. In order to show that a harassing behavior is pervasive, it must be demonstrated that the behavior occurred repeatedly and with some regularity. However, if a behavior is so impactful and damaging that it prevents feelings of safety, then the behavior may be classified as harassment on the basis of its severity.

4. Can I be fired for harassment or discrimination?

While it is not necessarily required that a person who is found guilty of harassment or discrimination be fired, it can be a reason to terminate an employee. Often employers will have an employee handbook and policies that prohibit discriminatory or harassing behavior. In that case, an employee may be fired not for necessarily breaking a law but for breaking employee policies.

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