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Five Types Of Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment is an unfortunate reality for many employees, creating a hostile environment and affecting their overall well-being. An understanding of the common forms that workplace harassment can take can help prevent harassment and address it when it does occur. If you have been the victim of workplace harassment or discrimination, contact an employment lawyer today.

Verbal Harassment

Verbal harassment involves unwelcome comments, jokes, or insults that demean or belittle an individual. This type of harassment can include name-calling, offensive remarks about one’s appearance, race, gender, or religion, and threats. Even if intended as jokes, such comments can create a toxic work environment and affect the mental health of employees. Verbal harassment is a serious but often overlooked form of workplace harassment and should be reported right away if noticed or experienced.

Physical Harassment

Physical harassment includes any unwelcome physical contact that makes an employee feel uncomfortable or threatened. This can range from unwanted touching, hugging, or patting to more severe forms such as physical assault. Physical harassment is not only a violation of workplace policies but also illegal and subject to serious legal consequences. Creating a safe and respectful workplace is essential to prevent physical harassment. If you have been a victim of physical harassment at the workplace, contact a lawyer immediately.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is perhaps the most well-known type of workplace harassment and involves unwanted sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. This can include inappropriate comments, suggestive gestures, or physical actions. Sexual harassment creates an intimidating and hostile work environment and is a severe violation of an individual’s rights. Sexual harassment often involves workplace power dynamics, and victims may be frightened to report such harassment. It is important to know that you are protected by the law, and a lawyer can help you protect your rights and receive the justice that you deserve if you are a victim of sexual harassment at the workplace.

Cyber Harassment

With the increasing reliance on digital communication in the workplace, cyber harassment has become a significant concern. This type of harassment involves the use of emails, social media, or other online platforms to send threatening, obscene, or humiliating messages. Lawyers such as our friends at Hoyer Law Group, PLLC know that cyber harassment can be just as damaging as in-person harassment, as it invades the personal space of the victim and can be pervasive.

Psychological Harassment

Psychological harassment, also known as emotional or mental harassment, involves actions that undermine an individual’s psychological well-being. This can include persistent criticism, exclusion from work-related activities, spreading rumors, or manipulating someone’s work responsibilities to set them up for failure. Psychological harassment can lead to severe stress, anxiety, and depression, significantly impacting an employee’s performance and overall health.

Legal Protection Against Harassment

Recognizing and addressing workplace harassment is crucial for maintaining a healthy and productive work environment. If you have been a victim of workplace harassment in any form, it is important to know that there are pathways available for you to seek justice and compensation. Contact a lawyer today to discuss your case.

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