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Hostile Work Environment

It is illegal for an employer to allow discriminatory comments or behavior in the workplace that make it a hostile work environment for any employee. At Phillips & Associates, our New York hostile work environment lawyers are dedicated to protecting the rights of employees who have been the victims of workplace discrimination or sexual harassment in the workplace. Our firm is pleased to serve clients in the New York City and the Tri-State region and has established itself as a leader in the field of workplace law.


Offensive comments, discrimination, bullying, or unwanted sexual advances by a supervisor, manager or coworker can create a hostile, intimidating, or offensive work environment. Often it is sexual harassment or workplace discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religious beliefs, age, disability or sexual orientation that create a hostile work environment. Hostile work environment means that there is severe or pervasive offensive conduct in the workplace. To have a valid legal claim, the offensive conduct must be severe in nature, or pervasive (one incident or comment would not be considered pervasive). Federal laws such as the Civil Rights Act, the American Disabilities Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and state laws provide legal protection from being subjected to a hostile work environment.

Examples of Hostile Work Environment Include:

There are many negative consequences that can result from working in a place with a hostile work environment. A hostile work environment can make you unable to do your job and reluctant to go to work, which can severely affect your work performance and hinder your career advancement. It can make you fearful of your boss, co-workers or supervisors. In some cases, a hostile work environment can be unbearable enough to make you want to leave a job you otherwise enjoy.


If you have been the victim of a hostile, offensive or intimidating work environment, you may be entitled to file a legal claim and obtain compensation. But as with any workplace-related claim, do not delay in seeking legal advice because there is a statute of limitations to bring a New York hostile work environment claim. The New York employment attorneys at Phillips & Associates can give you strong legal advice and guide you through the entire process of filing a claim. Your initial consultation with us is absolutely free, and at the consultation a lawyer will answer any questions you have and evaluate the strength of your particular legal claim. At Phillips & Associates, we represent our clients on a contingency fee basis, meaning you do not pay any fees unless we obtain compensation for you. Browse our latest cases in the news to learn more about our firm and find out how our attorneys can assist you.

If you would like to consult an attorney regarding a possible hostile work environment claim, contact the law office of Phillips & Associates by calling (212) 248-7431 or fill out and submit our online Contact Us form to set up a free, confidential consultation with an experienced New York hostile work environment attorney. We look forward to helping you protect your rights and interests and providing you with high quality legal representation.

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