To explore this concept, consider the following When an individual in the workplace feels scared, intimidated, or uncomfortable due to abuse or intimidation by a coworker, it creates what is called a hostile work environment.While any number of behaviors might create a hostile work environment, any conduct or actions that create an environment in which an employee dreads going to work is generally seen to create such a setting.Oral and written confidential communications occurring during the informal process (e.g., admissions of fault, apologies, offers to reconcile, etc.) may not be used as evidence in any subsequent formal process.
Corrective action, dismissal or other remedial action as deemed appropriate can be imposed on faculty, staff, students, administrators or external/non campus members for violation of campus policies, including, but not limited to: University Staff Policies and Procedures, Faculty Policies and Procedures, Academic Staff Policy and Procedures, and University Staff Employee Work Rules in compliance with the requirements of the University Staff Corrective Action Policy.
If either pursuing a resolution under the informal process or filing a written complaint does not lead to a resolution, a University Staff member may file a grievance within thirty (30) working days from the time the University Staff member knew or could reasonably be expected to have known that the procedures failed to lead to a resolution of the complaint.
You are encouraged to report incidents or concerns to your human resources representative, supervisor, manager, department chair, director, or dean, as appropriate under the informal and formal processes.
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In this case, the University Staff employee may file a workplace grievance pursuant to applicable policies and procedures.
In 2014, the Academic Staff Assembly passed a policy designed to address hostile and intimidating behavior.
A hostile work environment is sometimes referred to as an “offensive work environment,” or an “abusive work environment.” The individual causing a hostile work environment may be an employee, a supervisor, an owner, or even and independent contractor.
There are federal and state laws in place to protect employees from being subjected to workplace hostility.
If there is a conflict with the department chair/unit head, the complainant may file with the divisional human resources representative.
If upon investigation of the complaint, discipline or dismissal is appropriate, the divisional human resources representative, in conjunction with the employee’s supervisor, may initiate the disciplinary or dismissal process.
This includes behavior that may leave another employee feeling afraid or violated.