Making a racist or homophobic comment could create a hostile working environment for anyone who hears your words. Making comments about a colleague’s appearance may also be an example of harassment or discrimination in the workplace. Let’s take a closer look at the prevalence of workplace harassment in Pennsylvania and throughout the country.

Sexual harassment cases have increased since 2016

According to data published by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency received 6,758 sexual harassment allegations in 2016. In 2019, the agency received 7,514 such claims, and male employees made 16.8% of them. According to a poll conducted by ABC News, roughly 54% of women said that they had been sexually harassed at work.

Age discrimination happens fairly often

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) protects employees who are over the age of 40. This legislation prohibits employers from using age as the sole reason for demoting or terminating older employees.

Employers that violate this law are likely engaging in workplace discrimination. However, according to one survey, 58% of respondents aged 50 or older said that they had experienced ageism in the workplace. Furthermore, roughly one-third of workers who are 45 or older fear that they may lose their jobs in the next 12 months because of their age.

If you have been threatened, ridiculed or otherwise harassed at work, it may rise to the level of workplace discrimination. It may be in your best interest to hire an attorney who could help with your case. Legal counsel may be able to review emails, text messages or other evidence that might bolster your claim. It may be possible to resolve a workplace harassment case in court or through informal negotiations between your attorney and employer.