hostile work environment


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hostile work environment

Place of employment in which a reasonable person would find conditions that are abusive or intolerable. Prohibited conduct may take place repeatedly and may include physical intimidation; sexual harassment; or political, racial, religious, or sex-based discrimination.
See also: environment
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Although the case was decided under state law, the court cited an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) policy statement saying that widespread sexual harassment can create a hostile work environment if employees are given the message that managers view women as "sexual playthings" or that the way for women to get ahead in the workplace is by engaging in sexual conduct.
html) that the courts seem to be finding for victims of sexual harassment due to hostile work environment far more than they did initially.
She sues, alleging that the pictures have created a sexually hostile work environment.
Hostile work environment claims arise where there is allegedly offensive conduct or conditions of a sexual or gender specific nature in the workplace which are sufficiently pervasive so as to alter the conditions of the victim's employment and create an abusive work environment.
Supreme Court has refused to review an appellate decision that allows contractors to sue business owners for promoting a hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo doctrine applied to cases of sex-based harassment that included sexual propositions; hostile work environment doctrine applied to all other sex-based harassment claims.
If the employer is asked not to investigate and doesn't, such inaction may be alleged in a later lawsuit to have permitted a hostile work environment to continue.
Supreme Court held for the first time that unwelcome sexual advances at work create a hostile work environment which constitutes gender discrimination under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
This is thus not one of those exceptional cases in which a single incident of sexual harassment, such as an assault, was deemed sufficient to state the claim of hostile work environment sexual harassment.
In March 1996 the court of appeals for the fourth circuit affirmed a lower court's dismissal of the suit on the grounds that the plaintiff had failed to demonstrate a hostile work environment.
Paul, MN brewery, who asserted that the ads had helped create a hostile work environment at the plant.
Q: What do you think of the debate over sexual harassment - Catharine MacKinnon's theory of the hostile work environment versus the concern that punishing sexual harassment threatens free speech?