Everyone deserves to feel safe from harassment and unfair treatment at their place of employment, and both federal and state laws enforce various protections to make sure of that. Accordingly, if you find yourself subject to verbal or physical misconduct at your job, you may have grounds to file suit for a hostile work environment.
However, specific criteria must be met for litigation over a hostile work environment in Cherry Hill to be successful. Working with a knowledgeable employment law attorney is often crucial to ensuring these conditions are met and that your claim is as strong as possible.
Some hostile work environments in our area can be attributed to the discriminatory behavior of one of more individuals. When one or more employees feel ostracized, tension can build in the workplace. The New Jersey Law against Discrimination prohibits workplace discrimination of any kind based on a number of different characteristics, including but not limited to:
In addition to banning discrimination in hiring or firing, this law also makes it illegal for employers to knowingly or negligently allow harassment in the workplace to continue. Legal counsel at our firm could offer valuable insight on how local courts typically approach these types of cases and what evidence might be useful to demonstrate hostility in a work environment.
Tension in the workplace must be both pervasive and severe in order to qualify a work environment as legally hostile. In other words, the negative atmosphere must have a direct impact on a worker’s ability to perform his or her job duties and be so significant that a neutral third party would reasonably agree that it constitutes harassment. If an aggrieved worker can prove that the hostility in question is specifically based on a protected characteristic, he or she may have grounds for workplace discrimination.
Importantly, while establishing a pattern of behavior is often crucial to proving that a hostile work environment exists, it is not always necessary. In some cases, for example, our Cherry Hill lawyers have seen that a single racial epithet or a single instance of sexual harassment could be severe and pervasive enough to warrant legal action.
Likewise, a tense work environment does not necessarily need to result in adverse employment action like demotion or termination in order to violate the NJLAD. Either way, if a lawsuit filed over hostility in the workplace is successful, recoverable damages may include attorneys’ fees, recovery for emotional anguish and distress, and any loss of income caused by unfair reassignment or termination.
While not every rude comment or isolated incident in the workplace justifies legal action, a consistent pattern of hostility on the basis of one of more protected factors could give rise to a valid claim for damages. If your workplace environment is so tense that it impedes your ability to perform your job duties, a qualified legal representative from our firm may be able to help you file suit and pursue significant compensation.
No one should have to deal with a hostile work environment in Cherry Hill, and if you believe your workplace meets the criteria established under federal and state law, you should not delay in exploring your legal options. Call today to set up a meeting with a seasoned legal professional.
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My case settled recently after lasting 4 years. Grungo and Colarulo’s law firm were able to secure a large settlement award for my slip and fall accident. This money will help secure my future for the permanent injury I received as a result of the slip and fall. Everyone was very caring, and kept me informed throughout the entire process. Christine Lafferty is an excellent litigation lawyer. I highly recommend using them if you have been injured or in an accident. I hope I am never in a situation again to need their services, but I know who to go to if I, or any of my family members are ever injured. Thanks Grungo and Colarulo and staff for your compassionate service!
Thank you so much Grungo and Colarulo for helping me with my case. Special thanks to Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team. Erica Domingo and her team was very nice and helped me tremendously throughout my case like more than one year and half. They gave me the right advice and guided me through every step of my case. They gave me prompt and clear responses to all my questions. In addition, Erica and her team provided me with all the what if scenarios so that I can have a clear vison of the steps ahead.
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Thanks again Erica Domingo, Esquire and her team
My wife and I reached out to Grungo Colarulo in 2020 for advise on a legal matter. After a meeting with the Attorney and Paralegal, we decided to go forward with a case. This case required a lot of documentation, and expert review of the documentation which was aquired. Throughout the process, we were kept up to date monthly, and Grungo Colarulo was always responsive to any questions that we had. The entire staff at Grungo Colarulo are very professional, caring, and willing to go the extra mile. This firm is a definite recommend!
I left five (5) stars only because that’s as many as I could leave. If I could, I would have left 100 stars. Bob & Christine are the absolute best! My settlement far exceeded what I ever imagined. They are professional, friendly, and really listened to what I had to say. They kept me up to date with the progress of my case every step of the way. I can’t recommend them highly enough.
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First and foremost I would like to thank the whole team at Grungo Colarulo!! In addition to that, Stephanie & Riley & Drenna have done such an outstanding job taking care of me in such a difficult and low point of my life. I was in a bad car accident & did not know how to move forward with what to do and how to process. Those ladies were there every step, every inch, every mile & beyond with helping me when I had no idea how to navigate. I will forever be thankful for them and for the outcome of my case! If you ever need assistance I highly recommend this practice!!! Beyond professional, helpful, precise, caring, knowledgeable & humble!!!
From my first phone call to the end of my case this firm was on the ball!! Always responsive and professional and kept me up to date and informed. This is my firm for any future needs!
This was my first time ever having to have a lawyer for an automobile accident. From the beginning they took care of everything. They put me at ease so I could concentrate on my medical needs. Everyone I spoke to during the process were always extremely pleasant and knowledgeable.
Thank you to Grungo Colarulo for representing me and getting the settlement you did to help me move forward. I would highly recommend Grungo Colarulo to anyone who wants outstanding legal representation.
This team has been nothing but gentle an generous. Being as this was my first time dealing with a worker’s compensation case I was lost and nervous. But the Grungo Colarulo team has made me feel as comfortable as possible. My needs were addressed with care in a timely fashion. I knew what was going on every step of the way.
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A dear family friend referred us to a young attorney named Rich Grungo, Jr. We wanted answers and if necessary, justice for our father. From day one of a five-year journey, Mr. Rich Grungo, Jr. made our family and our pain his own. The man never stopped working for us. He kept us informed every step of the way. Questions were answered quickly and with great compassion and expertise. Even though Rich was always busy, he was never too busy for us. We always felt like we were his only clients
I had the opportunity to observe Mr. Grungo work in this case, both in the courtroom on the technical matters of the motions and also as his presentation to the jury in opening and presenting witnesses as well as utilizing animations… and drawings and films that were necessary for a proper understanding of the case…At all times during the presentation, Mr. Grungo operated mostly without notes and questioned the witnesses in a conversational manner which made it most effective. **
Thank you for everything. I honestly felt like you treated my son like he was your own son, for that I am grateful. I would recommend your services to anyone. Thanks for being so awesome to both of us.
It was a pleasure working with Bill. He constantly kept me informed. I would recommend Bill and his firm to anybody I know. They’ll be in good hands.
I had the opportunity to retain Mr. Colarulo for a vehicle accident I encountered. I give him my highest recommendation for anyone in need of an excellent Personal Injury Attorney. Not only does he have an in depth knowledge of the legal field, but he emanates a sense of trust-worthiness that makes you feel secure during the entire process. Mr. Colarulo has the knowledge, drive and enthusiasm that will get the job done for you. He comes highly recommended.
Hi Rich, Well I’m on my way up to college to finish packing my son’s stuff up and to go to his Graduation tomorrow. It’s hard to believe how fast and how slow, at the same time 5 years can go by. I was just thinking of you as I am getting ready to leave and wanted to thank you once again for everything you have done for my son’s future. You are a good and just man. God Bless to you and your family.