What types of behavior can create a hostile work environment?

| Jun 25, 2021 | Employment Law, Sexual Harassment |

Many New Jersey workers enjoy, or at least tolerate, their jobs. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, people can find themselves in hostile work environments. To gain a better understanding of this issue, here’s a closer look at a few types of behavior that contribute to a hostile workplace.

Discriminating against others

One of the most common types of behavior contributing to a hostile workplace is discrimination. Unfortunately, discrimination can come in many forms. Someone can get discriminated against based on their age, race, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or for having a disability.

Being mentally or physically abusive

Abuse is another major problem in hostile workplaces. Sadly, abuse can come in many forms. Common examples of abusive behavior in the workplace can include sexual harassment, threatening other workers, or physically assaulting employees.

Having a low morale

Understandably, most companies want to have a team full of motivated employees. However, workers stuck in a hostile workplace often lose their sense of motivation. Over time, these employees can have extremely low morale. You will typically notice this happening when the work performance of one or more employees begins dropping.

Not being accountable

In a workplace, people need to hold others accountable. If this isn’t happening, it can cause employees to have negative feelings about the company they work for. Without any sense of accountability, it’s easy for bad behaviors to become prevalent throughout a business.

As you can see, several behaviors can lead to a hostile workplace. If you’re working in a hostile environment, it could be beneficial to contact an employment law attorney. An attorney can potentially help you obtain damages from your current employer.