Albuquerque Legal Help-Harassment at Work
Your work environment should be safe—physically and emotionally. New Mexico State and federal laws have been passed to ensure that your working environment is free from hazardous, hostile and discriminatory conditions. But if you’re experiencing harassment based upon a protected class at work, you may need the help of an employment lawyer to recover damages and protect your job.
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Forms of Harassment at Work
Harassment doesn’t look or feel the same to everyone. It can take many forms, including:
- Racial slurs or epithets
- Ridicule or name calling
- Offensive jokes or pictures posted in public places or shared on public computers
- Threats of physical violence
- Physical assaults
- Other behaviors and language meant to offend or intimidate
Sometimes, harassment at work is accidental—something someone said or did without the intention of causing offense, but the results are the same.
Protection under Harassment Laws
There’s no reason that you have to tolerate an offensive or hostile working environment created by discrimination or sexual harassment. New Mexico and federal harassment laws have been passed to protect individuals from harassment based on:
- Sex/sexual orientation
- Race or ethnicity
- Disability or medical status
- Whistle-blower status
- Other protected groups
If you’ve been on the receiving end of hostile or abusive language or actions, you are within your rights to directly confront the harasser and inform him or her that the behavior is unacceptable and should stop. Harassment should also be reported to management in writing. If the harassment at work persists, you may be entitled to legal recourse and monetary compensation.
The laws governing harassment at work are extremely complex, and timelines are strictly enforced. If you believe that you have been affected by harassment at work, you need an employment lawyer to help you through the process.
The employment lawyers at Berenson & Associates, PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico will work closely with you and help you properly document your experiences in order to accurately and adequately prove workplace harassment. We understand that this can be a very difficult situation for you. Our employment lawyers are compassionate and understanding. We will listen to you and treat you with the dignity and respect you deserve.
If you have experienced or witnessed workplace harassment, contact the attorneys at Berenson & Associates, PC in Albuquerque, New Mexico today.