As you cultivate your professional career in Oregon, you may resign yourself to deflecting or ignoring some office goings-on. Common workplace tomfoolery is not hamstringing your trajectory, so it is nothing to concern yourself with, right?

To help you know where to draw the line, G2 provides a rundown of signs of a hostile work environment. You do not have to grit your teeth and tolerate unprofessional behavior.

All-consuming atmosphere of casual cruelty

Occasionally, you may notice flares of hostility and casual cruelty that management or HR quickly shuts down. Where this bubbles over and becomes unacceptable is when these flares rage into a fire that no one seems concerned about extinguishing. You do not have to breathe in the noxious smoke of a hostile work environment day in and day out.

Blatant discrimination

Have you noticed or suspected outright and brazen discrimination in your workplace? The targets of such discrimination usually belong to members of a protected class, such as racial or religious minorities, members of the LGBT community and disabled employees. Members of such classes may not see the humor in light workplace “jokes.”

A single event that sends shockwaves through the workplace

Rather than a few light scrapes or small isolated incidents, the catalyst for creating a hostile work environment could be a single transgression that has the potential to traumatize employees. A single employee’s words and deeds could be powerful enough to make coworkers want to stay home, resign, or experience a decline in productivity due to stress and anxiety.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.