Intimidating work environment


23-Mar-2016 04:29

Employers are encouraged to take appropriate steps to prevent and correct unlawful harassment.They should clearly communicate to employees that unwelcome harassing conduct will not be tolerated.The employer is automatically liable for harassment by a supervisor that results in a negative employment action such as termination, failure to promote or hire, and loss of wages.Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated incidents (unless extremely serious) will not rise to the level of illegality.To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people.

They can do this by establishing an effective complaint or grievance process, providing anti-harassment training to their managers and employees, and taking immediate and appropriate action when an employee complains.

Employers should strive to create an environment in which employees feel free to raise concerns and are confident that those concerns will be addressed.