Individuals can sue for harassment at work if enduring unwelcome behavior is a condition for continued employment or the offensive conduct creates a hostile environment for the individual. Harassment at work is unlawful because it violates title VII of the Civil Rights Act, advises the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Employees can sue companies that allow or create hostile work environments, including harassment of a sexual, nationality or racial nature, explains the Society for Human Resource Management. An employee can sue the offender as a person or the organization that created the hostile environment. The victim who sues could be anyone affected by the offensive conduct, according to the U.S. EEOC.