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By Louise Herman

Most of us spend a significant portion of our lives working. As you know, the 40-hour workweek is typical, and it’s not uncommon for people to work even longer hours. Unfortunately, sometimes these people find themselves caught up in a hostile work environment, which can make life downright miserable. If you believe you’re subjected to such an environment, the good news is that you may have a valid claim against your employer. Please continue reading and speak with a knowledgeable Providence, Rhode Island hostile work environment lawyer to learn more about how our legal team can help you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some examples of a hostile work environment?

A workplace can become hostile when any employer or employee makes others uncomfortable to a point where it impacts their productivity or ability to feel safe. Some examples of behavior that may lead to a hostile work environment are as follows:

  • Repeated unwanted sexual advances
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment
  • Distributing or displaying profane materials
  • Frequently making rude or explicit jokes/remarks
  • Threatening employees

What can I do if I’m subjected to a hostile work environment?

If you are in a hostile workplace, the first thing you should do is speak with your employer about the behavior that is making you uncomfortable. In the best cases, this may resolve the issue immediately. However, if your employer is your harasser or your employer retaliates against you for the harassment, you should strongly consider speaking with your company’s HR department. If this doesn’t put an end to the behavior, your company doesn’t have an HR department, or the retaliation resulted in you losing your job, you should strongly consider speaking with a seasoned Providence County, Rhode Island employment lawyer who can help you gather and present evidence regarding the workplace harassment and prepare a lawsuit against your employer. Workplace harassment is prohibited under any circumstance, and retaliation for reporting unethical workplace behavior is also illegal.

If you have any additional questions about what qualifies as workplace harassment or whether you may have a valid claim, please don’t hesitate to contact Herman Law Group today. We are here to help you fight for the justice you deserve.


If you need help with an employment law matter in the Providence County, Rhode Island area, you can count on Herman Law Group to represent your best interests. To discuss your matter, please contact our firm today.

About the Author
At Herman Law Group, our focus is on safeguarding the rights and careers of employees and businesses alike. With over 35 years of successful legal practice, Louise A. Herman brings an invaluable dual perspective from representing both employees and employers. This unique insight allows us to effectively achieve successful outcomes for our clients in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and nationwide.