When terminated through a reduction in force or for some other legitimate reason, overly sensitive employees may take a shot at filing a lawsuit over perceived slights, alleging they had been forced to work in a hostile work environment. Fortunately, it usually takes more than that to win.
Recent case: Fayerene, who is black, was laid off during a reduction in force. She had long complained about co-workers being disrespectful. She sued, alleging she had worked in a racially hostile environment.
Fayerene pointed to one comment she endured that she believed to be racial: When President Obama was elected, a co-worker said, “Greens for everybody.”
The court said that comment wasn’t enough to create a hostile work environment. (Gibson v. Verizon, No. 12-10334, 5th Cir., 2012)
Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!
Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...
We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.
The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.
" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/34272/one-stupid-comment-doesnt-create-hostile-environment "
- Conducting online background checks? Beware the pitfalls
- Beware! Now it's even easier for disabled employees to sue
- Use independent investigation to back up decision to terminate rule-breakers
- HR CSI: Conducting a post-mortem of a legal claim
- Texas Law on Employment Discrimination for Participating in Emergency Evacuation