What Classifies as a Hostile Work Environment in Tennessee?

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If you are subjected to a hostile work environment, unfortunately, you are not alone. Our firm has years of experience representing clients who have been harassed and abused in the workplace. Do not hesitate to reach out to our dedicated Tennessee employment attorneys today to discuss your options.

What is a hostile work environment in Tennessee?

A hostile work environment occurs when an employee is subjected to severe harassment, threats, or other negative conduct based on his or her race, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, national origin, religion, and more. In order to be classified as “hostile” or “abusive”, the harassment must interfere with the employee’s ability to perform his or her job.

If you feel as though you are in this unfortunate situation, do not hesitate to reach out to an experienced employment attorney. At Morris & Doolan, PLLC, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting you and your rights.

How should I document my claim?

It is important to understand that a single incident or comment may not constitute a hostile work environment. But rather, it is classified by a series of repeated harassment or behavior. If you believe that you have been subjected to a hostile work environment, it is crucial that you document the incident immediately. If you are able, you should take the following steps:

  • Record in a journal all of the incidents of harassment, including the names of the harassers and what exactly occurred.
  • If the harassment is not coming from your employer, you can report the harassment to your employer
  • If your employer is harassing you and you have an HR department, report the harassment to HR
  • If your employer is harassing you and you do not have an HR department, it is in your best interest to reach out to an experienced Tennessee hostile work environment attorney as soon as possible.

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If you need a Knoxville workers’ compensation lawyer or employment law attorney, Morris & Doolan is here to support you. Our firm has significant experience representing clients facing a wide range of workers’ compensation matters, including denial of benefits, appeals, and third-party lawsuits. If you need a Tennessee employment lawyer, we are experienced in handling matters ranging from discrimination and sexual harassment to wrongful termination and FMLA. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

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