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Fired or Quit Due to a Hostile Work Environment?

Via: ReleaseWire

Updated 12:55 PM CDT, Fri, April 17,2015

Consumer Action Law Group offers free consultations for employment law issues at no cost. They help employees sue employers for wrongful termination and hostile work environment as well as underpayments for tips and overtime.

Beverly Hills, CA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/17/2015 -- Anyone who has been unfortunate enough to work in a hostile work environment knows that it is traumatic. A hostile work environment dramatically decreases productivity and in some cases can even result in physical illness caused by the stress associated with the work environment.

A hostile work environment refers to the culture of the workplace and is concerned with discrimination and/or harassment in most cases. It is usually not a reference to the physical work environment, but physical work conditions may be a factor. One example is demanding extended hours from an employee who deserves to be paid for overtime, but is wrongfully classified as "exempt" so that the employer pays a flat salary without any overtime compensation. Another example is when restaurant wait staff are forced to share their tips with others that do not have any contact with customers, decreasing the amount of the compensation they deserve.

There are many common forms of discrimination in the workplace, not limited to skin color or race. There is sexual discrimination, age discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, as well as discrimination based on ethnicity or religion. Similarly, there are different types of harassment beyond sexual harassment. Intimidation, bullying, threatening actions or speech are all considered harassment. These types of discrimination and harassment could constitute a hostile work environment.

Very often, people who try to stop discrimination or harassment in the workplace end up being terminated from employment because they are seen as trouble makers. This is illegal and an employer can be sued for wrongful termination of the employee.

Anyone who feels that they, or someone they know, have been fired for illegal reasons, should talk to a wrongful termination lawyer or civil litigation lawyer.

The attorneys at Consumer Action Law Group help employees to sue their former employers and receive the compensation they are entitled to. Consumer Action Law Group wrongful termination attorneys are dedicated to helping employees take the actions needed for a successful wrongful termination lawsuit . In these cases, the attorney fees are not paid by the employee, so there is usually no cost for an employee to file the lawsuit and move forward.

Consumer Action Law Group employment attorneys can also help those who have quit their job because of a hostile work environment. For some employees, the work environment becomes too much for them to deal with and they feel they have no choice other than to quit.

If this is the case, they may also qualify for unemployment compensation. Anyone who files a claim for unemployment hostile work environment is a determining factor for the claim being approved, and their civil litigation lawyer will help to substantiate their claim.

For those who meet the criteria, quitting a job because of discrimination or harassment can be considered a constructive discharge and can allow that person to qualify for full unemployment benefits. In that instance, they may also be able to follow up with a lawsuit to recover damages.

Having to quit or getting fired can be devastating to an individual and their family. Hiring a wrongful termination attorney can ensure that employees receive fair and equitable compensation and put the employer on notice to change their practices or face more lawsuits. Working in a hostile work environment is a miserable experience, but employee can bring that to an end, even if it is after their employment with the company.

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