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Hostile Work Environment

Various federal and state laws make it unlawful for an employer to create a hostile work environment through discrimination or harassment based on factors such as sex, race, age, national origin, religion and disability. Many times a hostile work environment claim is associated with sexual harassment, but other forms of discrimination or harassment may create an actionable hostile work environment.

Cases which interpret the state and federal laws pertaining to the creation of a hostile work environment generally provide that an employee cannot recover on a hostile work environment claim unless the employer’s conduct has been “severe” and “pervasive.” Sometimes courts struggle with whether inappropriate conduct is merely distasteful or whether it is so “severe” and “pervasive” as to be illegal.

Generally, the federal and state laws pertaining to creation of a hostile work environment apply to employers with 15 or more employees. Claims against employers for the creation of a hostile work environment must usually be filed with the EEOC or the TWC before an employee can file a lawsuit. A good Austin hostile work environment lawyer will have extensive knowledge and experience in all areas surrounding hostile work environment law. We do.

What We Can Do If You Are An Employer

It’s a minefield out there. We can help you navigate it with confidence. Because this is a complicated area of the law, an employer would be well-advised to have an experienced Austin hostile work environment lawyer draft or review their policies for appropriate legal compliance and make recommendations to minimize litigation risks. We provide these services. We also conduct internal workplace investigations if a complaint has been made, or a problem is suspected. With respect to hostile work environment-related employment issues, we counsel and advise businesses; represent businesses when complaints are made against them to the EEOC, TWC or Department of Labor; prepare severance agreements; tenaciously represent businesses who are being sued in lawsuits, arbitrations and mediations; and handle almost any other employment issue you can imagine. We have been very successful in our representation of employers and we invite you to review the testimonials from several of the employers we have represented on employment matters. If you are an employer who would like to have an experienced and knowledgeable Austin hostile work environment attorney who has a long track record of success for employers on your side, contact us.

What We Can Do If You Are An Employee

Unfortunately, not all employers comply with the laws on hostile work environment. Being subjected to a hostile work environment can devastate one’s life and finances. If you believe you have been subjected to a hostile work environment, we urge you to contact a knowledgeable, experienced and successful Austin hostile work environment lawyer. A good Austin hostile work environment lawyer can explain the law in this area; advise you as to whether your employer has engaged in illegal conduct against you; advise you of your rights and options; intercede with your employer when appropriate; represent you before the TWC or EEOC; and aggressively prosecute your lawsuit if your case cannot be reasonably settled. We do all of these things and have done so for well over 20 years. We invite you to review the testimonials from some employees we have represented on employment matters. If you are an employee who would like to have an experienced and knowledgeable Austin hostile work environment attorney with a long track record of success for employees on your side, contact us.

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