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Harassment Lawyers Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, Rockville

Many people think that harassment in the workplace is only about unwelcomed sexual advances or other similar offensive conduct. However, non-sexual harassment is also a form of discrimination that is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and state laws.

The Baror Law Firm has extensive experience helping victims of discrimination and non-sexual harassment. We have a proven track record of successfully litigating these cases and helping our clients obtain just compensation.

What is Non-Sexual Harassment?

Non-sexual harassment involves physical or verbal conduct that is based on race, color, religion, national origin, age (40 and over), disability or other characteristics protected under the law. Conduct that is severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile work environment or that subjects the victim to an adverse employment action is unlawful.

A hostile work environment occurs when unwelcomed comments or conduct based on race, or other legally protected characteristics, interferes with an employee's ability to perform his or her job, or creates a work environment that a reasonable person believes is hostile, intimidating or offensive. Examples of offensive conduct include:

  • Inappropriate jokes
  • Insults
  • Epithets
  • Ridicule
  • Mockery
  • Intimidation
  • Threats
  • Assaults

In particular, this involves the use of gestures, displays or demonstrations that offend a particular racial or ethnic group, or making disparaging comments about an employee's skin color, ethnic characteristics,  religious beliefs, national origin, age or mental or physical impairment. The offensive comments or conduct can be committed by supervisors or coworkers, contractors or vendors.

Harassment that leads to an adverse employment actions occurs when the conduct of a supervisor or managers changes the conditions of a worker's employment, such as hiring, firing, demotion, failure to promote, a change in benefits or work assignments.

Elements of a Non-sexual Harassment Claim

In order to have a valid claim, it is necessary for the employee to demonstrate that he or she was a member of a legally protected class and was subjected to unwelcomed comments or conduct because he or she was a member of a protected class. It is also necessary to show that the employee's condition of employment was adversely affected, or that the comments or conduct interfered with his or her performance or created a hostile work environment. 

There are a number of factors involved in determining whether a workplace was hostile or abusive, including the frequency of the conduct, the severity of the conduct, and the degree to which the conduct was humiliating or threatening.

As with other discrimination and harassment claims under Title VII, an employee must file a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) before pursuing a lawsuit. If the claim is not resolved by the Commission, a lawsuit can be brought against the employer.  

Retaliation

The law also protects an employee who complains about nonsexual harassment from retaliation. Employers are prohibited from taking take any adverse employment action such as firing, demotion, discipline, negative evaluations, issuance of warnings, or salary reduction. Moreover, subtle forms of retaliation, such as changing job assignments, or hostile attitudes or behaviors aimed at an employee by supervisors or coworkers, are also unlawful.

Dedicated Harassment Attorneys Servicing Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg and Rockville

The Baror Law Firm routinely represents victims of non-sexual harassment. Our experienced legal team is well versed in state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination and harassment. While employers have an unfair advantage because they can rely on teams of attorneys and human resources professionals, we have the skills and resources that will level the playing field. If you were the victim of non-sexual harassment you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and benefits, pain and suffering, and punitive damages.

The Baror Law Firm serves nonsexual harassment clients throughout Maryland including  Bethesda, Silver Spring, Gaithersburg, and Rockville. If you have been a victim of harassment at the workplace then give one our attorneys a call at 301.812.4546 or fill out the contact form on the side of the page. 



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