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Harassment/Hostile Work Environment

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If you are subjected to demeaning, derogatory, racist or sexist conduct on the job you may have a legal claim against your employer under Tennessee and/or Federal law. Tennessee law prohibits such conduct for employers of 8 or more employees; Federal law prohibits such conduct for employers of 15 or more employees.

In order to state a claim, the conduct that you are complaining about must be directed at you because of your race, gender, age, religion, national origin, disability or veteran status. The conduct must be both offensive to you and would be offensive to reasonable person in your position. The law does not protect you against personality conflicts or workplace bullies who pick on anyone and everyone.

In most cases, if you are subjected to harassment or a hostile work environment on the job, you will have to complain through the complaint system set up by your employer. There are exceptions. The law also protects you from retaliation if you make a complaint of harassment/hostile work environment.

The damages available in a meritorious harassment/hostile environment claim can include, back pay, compensatory and/or punitive damages, front pay and attorney fees.

You should contact Irwin Venick as soon as you believe that you are the victim of unlawful harassment or a hostile work environment in order to be sure that you protect yourself and any claim you might have.

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