Workplace Harassment Attorneys in Indianapolis
Are You Working in a Hostile Work Environment?
Although Indiana lacks legislation that prohibits bullying at work, harassment of someone who is a member of a protected class is prohibited by federal and state laws. Workplace harassment is most commonly understood as any unwelcomed conduct against an employee based on traits that identify them as a member of any one or more protected class. If you’re endured abuse from a coworker or employer that’s rooted in prejudice, you may be able to hold them liable and recover fair and just compensation.
Cleveland Lehner Cassidy works with clients who’ve endured pervasive and frequent harassment in a hostile work environment. We strive to help employees find a sense of justice by holding their employers accountable for violating their rights – we can even work toward a favorable settlement or jury award that includes monetary compensation. If you’re being targeted at work, contact a workplace harassment attorney in Indianapolis who can help.
Reach out to Cleveland Lehner Cassidy online or call us at (317) 406-0855. We’ll help you schedule a free initial consultation where you can tell us your story and we’ll talk about how we may be able to assist you.
Who Is Protected from Harassment?
Bullying at work isn’t protected by law. This means that if coworkers are treating you differently for reasons unrelated to a protected class, you may not be able to hold them legally accountable for creating a hostile work environment.
Under federal law, it is prohibited to harass or discriminate against someone because of their:
- Skin color
- National origin
- Sex (including pregnancy, birth, and relevant medical conditions)
- Age of 40 or older
- Genetic information
In Indiana, our state offers protection for additional classes. For instance, off-duty tobacco use is considered a protected class by Indiana, as is someone with a sealed or expunged arrest or conviction.
Indiana also adds nuance to federally protected classes, but this shouldn’t be regarded as a license to harass someone on grounds that would otherwise be protected by law. Age, for example, is only protected until 75. Disability (mental or physical) is only protected when an employer has 15 or more employees. These limitations aren’t in place to permit harassment but are intended to apply to an employer’s business practices such as hiring, termination, job assignments, and others.
How Do I Know I’m Being Harassed?
If you’re experiencing abuse in the workplace, you might not be able to claim illegal harassment solely because someone said or did something that hurt you. Workplace harassment can come in many forms, but it must either be severe or pervasive and must have been based on a protected characteristic.
Examples of workplace harassment can include:
- Use of slurs or derogatory nicknames
- Jokes about a protected class
- Physical abuse (of any kind, although severe abuse can rise to criminal levels)
- Display of racist or sexist messages and images
- Catcalling (calling someone suggestive names or making sexually offensive comments about them)
What Do I Do If I’m Being Harassed?
If you’re enduring harassment at work and management has failed you, reach out to a workplace harassment attorney in Indianapolis for help. At Cleveland Lehner Cassidy, we help clients who have experienced harassment at work.
For more information about how we can help, take advantage of a free consultation in-person or over the phone. Contact us online to set up your complimentary first meeting with us today.