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What is a hostile work environment?



A hostile work environment is a legal claim under federal anti-discrimination laws. What it means is that an employee has been subjected to severe or pervasive harassment at work that has affected a term or condition in their employment.

You break that down by saying, basically, this can’t just be rude or obnoxious behavior at work. It has to be severe or pervasive harassment that the employee is being subjected to that’s based upon their race, or their gender, or their religion, or some other protected characteristic. It can’t just be a pattern of rude behavior, generally. It needs to be because this person is a woman or because this person is African-American that they are being harassed at work, and this harassment affects their ability to do their job.

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Eric Bachman litigates employment discrimination and whistleblower retaliation cases. He can be reached at (202) 769-1681 and Bachman is Chair of the discrimination and retaliation Practices at Zuckerman Law. Previously, Bachman served as Special Litigation Counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and a Deputy Special Counsel with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.