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Handling Workplace Harassment: A Legal Perspective

April 30, 2024

Addressing workplace harassment requires a nuanced understanding of the law and a commitment to fostering a safe and inclusive workplace environment. At The Law Office of Daniel H. Kryzanski in Stratford, CT, we recognize the importance of navigating this complex issue with professionalism and expertise. 

Below, labor and employment law attorney Daniel Kryzanski discusses the legal framework surrounding workplace harassment, providing insights and guidance to employers and employees.

Understanding Workplace Harassment

First and foremost, it’s crucial to understand what constitutes workplace harassment. Generally, harassment refers to unwelcome conduct based on protected characteristics such as race, sex, religion, age, disability, or national origin. This conduct can take various forms, including verbal, physical, or visual acts that create an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

Legal Protections Against Harassment

Both federal and state laws protect employees in Connecticut against workplace harassment. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination and harassment based on protected characteristics, while the Connecticut Fair Employment Practices Act (CFEPA) provides additional protections at the state level. These laws apply to employers of all sizes and cover various aspects of employment, including hiring, firing, promotions, and compensation.

Employer Responsibilities

Employers are legally obligated to take prompt and effective action to prevent and address workplace harassment. This includes implementing clear policies prohibiting harassment, providing training to employees and supervisors, promptly investigating complaints, and taking appropriate disciplinary action against offenders. Failure to address harassment can result in costly legal consequences, including lawsuits, fines, and damage to reputation.

Employee Rights

Employees who experience harassment have the right to file a complaint with their employer’s HR department or with relevant government agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO). They also have the right to seek legal representation and pursue civil remedies, including compensation for damages.

Workplace harassment is a complex issue with significant legal implications. By understanding the laws and regulations governing harassment and taking proactive steps to prevent and address it, employers can create a safer, more inclusive work environment for all employees.

Looking for an experienced employment lawyer in Fairfield County, CT? Turn to The Law Office of Daniel H. Kryzanski.

If you believe you’ve been subjected to workplace harassment or if you’re an employer facing harassment allegations, it’s essential to seek legal guidance promptly. At The Law Office of Daniel H. Kryzanski in Stratford, CT, we provide expert legal advice and representation tailored to your situation. We’ll help you understand your rights and options, navigate the legal process, and work toward a resolution that protects your interests.

Call attorney Kryzasnki at (203) 380-1384 to discuss your case, or contact him here.