When hostile working conditions affect mental health

On Behalf of | Nov 12, 2018 | Hostile Work Environment

Most people have experienced stress at work. And some jobs are just naturally stressful and high-pressure.

But some jobs are so stressful that they affect an individual’s mental health. And shockingly, some employers intentionally make working conditions so bad that employees have no other choice but to resign.

Anxiety disorders, depression, and other mental health conditions can be brought on or aggravated by working conditions.

A federal employer cannot fire an employee because of a physical or mental health condition. That is illegal.

However, some employers will put immense pressure on these employees, to the point of creating a hostile work environment. Employee subjected to this treatment may suffer so greatly that they decide to quit.

Some examples of this unfair and illegal treatment are:

  • Yelling at the employee
  • Demeaning the employee
  • Making condescending remarks in front of co-workers
  • Intentionally and unreasonably increasing workload
  • Increasing work expectations with the intent of exhausting the employee

When an employee develops a mental health issue because of work – or if an existing mental health condition is aggravated because of working conditions – the employee has legal options.

Federal employees should talk to a federal employment law attorney who can help explain options which may include workers’ compensation and OPM disability.

Remember: It is illegal for employers to intentionally make working conditions so bad that employees’ mental health is affected and they are forced to quit.

Call 888-351-0424 to speak to a federal employment law attorney serving clients nationwide.


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