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Harassment in the workplace is a form of discrimination and is not allowed under federal and state law. Though many people think of workplace harassment as purely sexual in nature, this is not always the case. The Department of Labor prohibits harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information, or marital/parental status.

If you believe you are a victim of workplace harassment, it’s wise to contact an experienced harassment lawyer in Phoenix. An attorney can help you determine if your employer is acting unjustly and if so, can help you take the appropriate legal action. At Montoya, Lucero & Pastor, P.A., we have more than six decades of experience. We offer personalized, compassionate legal services and aggressive advocacy in and out of the courtroom.

Schedule a confidential initial case evaluation with us when you call (602) 483-6869 or contact us online. We offer services in English and Spanish, as well as weekend meetings by appointment.

What Is Considered Harassment?

Generally speaking, there are two main forms that workplace harassment can take: quid pro harassment and hostile workplace harassment. Quid pro harassment, also known as “this for that” harassment, typically involves some sort of work-related decision based on an employee’s acquiescence to unwanted conduct, usually sexual in nature. For example, if a manager fires or demotes an employee after the employee rejects his or her sexual advances, this is harassment. Quid pro harassment can also be religious in nature—if a supervisor refuses to promote an employee based on that employee’s reluctance to join the supervisor’s religion, that is harassment.

A hostile workplace, in contrast, can come from any unwanted conduct by any other employee, including coworkers, supervisors, clients, high level management, or any other person with whom you interact. As the name implies, a hostile workplace is the result of unwelcome conduct that leads to an intimidating, unpleasant, antagonistic, or offense work atmosphere.

Examples of unwelcome conduct that can result in a hostile workplace include:

  • Unwanted physical touching
  • Sexually or racially offensive jokes
  • Use of racial slurs, inappropriate terms, etc.
  • Comments regarding physical appearance
  • Discussion of sexual activities
  • Inappropriate or offensive images
  • Hostile physical interactions
  • Obscene language or gestures
  • Sabotage of another employee’s work

These are just some examples of a hostile workplace. If you suspect that you are the victim of harassment, whether it be quid pro or hostile workplace harassment, contact the skilled Phoenix harassment attorneys at Montoya, Lucero & Pastor, P.A.

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At Montoya, Lucero & Pastor, P.A., you matter. We take the time to listen to our clients’ stories and work to understand their unique goals. We know that every situation is different, which is why we employ a tailored approach to each and every case. Most of all, we are committed to helping you fight for the justice you deserve. We strive to create long-term relationships with our clients that they can rely on for years to come.

Discuss your case with our team today; call (602) 483-6869 or fill out a contact form to get started.