Nolo's Plain-English Law Dictionary

Hostile Work Environment

Working conditions that are created when unwelcome, discriminatory conduct that is so severe or pervasive that it alters the conditions of a victim's employment and creates an abusive working environment. Employers can be liable when their employees are subjected to a hostile work environment--for example, when a female employee is subject to repeated sex-based taunting or slurs by her male co-workers.
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