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Toxic workplaces, harassment and high blood pressure

On Behalf of | Apr 18, 2022 | Blog, Sexual Harassment

Workplaces that allow harassment could cause employee health issues. FastCompany.com reports that silence could be a symptom of an unhealthy work environment. Coworkers who rarely talk to each other may reveal on-the-job tension. Some workers may have also experienced harassment.

Employees who express themselves freely and respectfully generally work in healthy environments. Body language, however, may reveal employees working against each other. A lack of respect for coworkers could lead to harassment. Eye-rolling and ignoring others often shows coworkers do not function as a team. The workplace may have become toxic, and employees may show signs of anxiety-based illnesses.

Managers may contribute to toxic workplaces

When managers hire or promote friends or family members, it may show favoritism. As described by Chron.com, a manager may reject a qualified individual for a promotion if the employee did not consent to sexual advances.

Employees who feel a manager disregarded their qualifications for a well-deserved promotion often become frustrated. Physical signs of anxiety could begin to show. Managers may discover they allowed a toxic workplace to develop. Failing to fix certain issues may have also violated the law.

Harassment may show physical signs

Employees experiencing harassment may develop physical symptoms such as high blood pressure. As noted by CNN, hypertension occurs in 80% of female employees reporting sexual harassment at work.

The American Heart Association revealed that women facing harassment at work have higher risks of health problems. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission notes that harassment may include unwelcome advances, offensive comments and “reciprocal” requests for sexual favors.

Harassment or favoritism based on gender, religion or race violates federal and California labor laws. If employees experience mistreatment, they may file a legal action for relief.

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