Tag: Hostile Work Environment

Question: An employee is claiming a hostile work environment situation. What should I do next? Answer: Employees may use the word “hostile” without completely understanding what it means in the employment setting. Sometimes an employee will allege a “hostile work environment” simply due to a negative work experience such as being held accountable for found errors, or…

Question: A long-term employee is retiring next month and has just begun having performance issues. When we addressed them with him, he became hostile and abusive, alleging various forms of discrimination during his tenure with us. What should we do? Answer: Considering the actions that have taken place, you have two sensitive issues to address:…

Question: What is the definition of a hostile work environment? Answer: A “hostile work environment” is one of the two types of sexual harassment prohibited by law. The scope of this type of harassment is broad, but is generally defined by the following examples provided by the Department of Labor: A hostile environment can result…