A hostile work environment isn’t grounds for a lawsuit unless two conditions are met:
- First, a reasonable employee would find the environment hostile, and
- Second, the employee who has filed a lawsuit also found the environment hostile.
If an employee ignores slurs or other hostile behavior—or even jokes about it with co-workers—that may be evidence the employee wasn’t personally offended and, therefore, won’t be successful in his lawsuit.
Recent case: Mark’s family came to the United States from the Middle East in 1903. His parents were both born in the United States and so was Mark. He does, however, identify as being of Middle Eastern origins.
Mark worked as a firefighter. At one point in his career, he was injured on a training exercise. Doctors prescribed hydrocodone for his back pain, but he didn’t take it because it upset his stomach. Instead, he later testified, he began getting Oxycontin from other “sources” and c...(register to read more)