Workplace Harassment Attorney Based in Annapolis
Serving Clients Throughout Maryland, the DMV Area, North Carolina, and Federal Employees Throughout the U.S.
Are you facing repeated inappropriate or hostile behavior from a colleague at work and need help asserting your rights? Unfortunately, workplace harassment continues to be all too common in organizations today. But do not despair—you are not alone. Speaking with an experienced attorney and understanding the legal remedies available to you can be an empowering opportunity to stay safe and protect yourself against this unfair treatment.
If you have been the victim of workplace harassment, the Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo is here to help. We understand how emotionally and psychologically damaging workplace harassment can be and are committed to helping you get justice. We have successfully represented clients in many types of workplace harassment cases, including hostile work environments, quid pro quo harassment, and sexual harassment.
To discuss your situation with a knowledgeable workplace harassment attorney, call our Annapolis-based law firm at (240) 734-3033. We represent clients in Maryland, Washington DC, and North Carolina.
What Is a Hostile Work Environment?
A hostile work environment is a workplace where employees are subjected to offensive, intimidating, or discriminatory behavior. This kind of behavior can take many forms, such as verbal abuse, threats, intimidating gestures, physical assault, or sexual harassment. It creates an atmosphere of fear, discomfort, and anxiety where employees cannot perform their work duties effectively, which ultimately affects their mental and physical health.
A hostile work environment can severely affect employees, including psychological trauma, depression, low self-esteem, and decreased job satisfaction. In some cases, employees may also develop physical health problems due to the anxiety and stress caused by the hostile environment.
To prevent a hostile work environment, employers must take proactive steps to identify and address any instances of discrimination or harassment. This includes developing and enforcing clear policies and procedures, providing training to employees and management, and responding promptly and effectively to any complaints or reports of inappropriate behavior. Employers can create a safe and productive workplace for all employees by fostering a culture of respect and inclusivity.
Types of Workplace Harassment
One type of harassment is quid pro quo harassment. Quid pro quo means "this for that" in Latin, and it involves an employee being pressured to provide sexual favors in exchange for receiving a job benefit, such as a promotion or pay raise. This type of harassment is illegal under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Sexual harassment is another type of harassment that is all too common in the workplace. It can encompass a broad range of behaviors, including unwanted sexual advances, comments or gestures of a sexual nature, and physical touching. Sexual harassment can create a hostile work environment and can have long-term effects on the victim's mental health and career.
Other examples of workplace harassment include:
- Discrimination based on age, sex, race, religion, or sexual orientation
- Intentionally excluding someone from an event or opportunity
- Intimidation and threats
- Bullying and verbal abuse
- Cyberbullying and digital harassment
- Displaying graphic or offensive material
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Physical violence
What to Do If You Are the Victim of Workplace Harassment
If you are the victim of workplace harassment, it is important to take action and seek help as soon as possible. The first step is to document everything related to the harassment, including the date, time, location, and any witnesses. Careful, thorough documentation can help you build a strong case if you decide to pursue legal action.
It is also important to reach out to an attorney experienced in employment law. For example, our law firm was founded in 2003, and we have 20 years of experience helping hundreds of clients successfully deal with workplace harassment issues. Our Annapolis-based workplace harassment lawyer has the resources and meticulous eye for detail to help you determine your legal options and advise how to proceed. We are also ready to help you navigate the complicated legal system and ensure that your rights are protected.
Remember that workplace harassment is unacceptable, and you have the right to a safe and respectful work environment. Don't hesitate to seek help from the Law Office of Ruth Ann Azeredo, and take action to protect yourself. With the right support, you can overcome harassment and move forward with your career.
Workplace harassment can be insidious. Whether you're dealing with a hostile work environment or sexual harassment, you deserve justice. Contact us online or by phone (240) 734-3033 today.