I have an employer who on curses at his employees and puts them down, is this considered a hostile environment?

UPDATED: Jul 7, 2017

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I have an employer who on curses at his employees and puts them down, is this considered a hostile environment?

He repeatedly uses GD, F, low life, piece of shit and other names. He makes them work off the clock for his own personal reasons and does not compensate them. He docks peoples check when he doesn’t feel like the job is done the way he wants it. He puts all his employees down and tell them that they dont do shit and that they don’t do their

Asked on July 7, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

A hostile work enviornment has to do with unfavorable treatment that is die to a worker's race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age (40 or older), disability, etc. Absent that, while an employer's conduct may be objectionable, it is not necessarily illegal. Specifically, in this case, his name calling does not give rise to a claim but making employees work without compensation does, even if it is for work done on his own personal business. Additionally, deducting from employee paychecks for the reason that you describe is unlawful. Accordingly, you can file a claim with your state's department of labor and/or consult wih an emoloyment law attorney as to all of this. Since many workers are being affected, he may take the case for a group rate.

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