Employees should be able to complete their duties in a healthy workplace environment, free of harassment. Unfortunately, many suffer from a toxic workplace, which can be emotionally and physically tolling. Harassment lawsuits are often the product of discrimination, stalking, malicious behavior, and other forms of harassment. Usually, workplace harassment cases target race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
Working on behalf of harassment victims, Hershey Law team has seen and heard many unfortunate stories. All of which violate employment laws throughout the state of California. By working with you and for you, our attorneys will attentively listen to your case, research, and successfully represent you in a court of law.
Expert Legal Advocates for Victims of Workplace Harassment
The legal system has a long history of protecting workers from harassment and abuse that can occur in the workplace. However, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and other inappropriate behavior still take place in many workplaces. In fact, between 2018 and 2021, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) received 98,411 harassment complaints. Of those, about 28% were related to sexual harassment.
Unfortunately, many victims of workplace harassment feel powerless to do anything about their situation. They may fear losing their jobs if they complain about being harassed by coworkers or supervisors, or they may not realize that their employer could be liable for creating a hostile work environment.
If you or someone you know are subject to workplace harassment in the local Los Angeles area, call Hershey Law at 310-929-219 for help. The attorneys at our firm will review your case, evaluate your potential compensation, and fight for your rights.
What Constitutes Workplace Harassment?
The EEOC defines harassment as unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy), national origin, age (beginning at age 40), disability, or genetic information (including family medical history). Workplace harassment unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working environment.
The act of harassment becomes unlawful in the following circumstances:
When offensive conduct is required to be endured to continue employment.
When the offensive conduct is severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would consider the work environment intimidating, hostile, or abusive.
The offensive conduct might include teasing, jokes, slurs, name-calling, ridicule, physical contact, threats, intimidation, disrespectful pictures or object displays, and other similar types of behavior. If you believe you have been subjected to unlawful workplace harassment, please contact the harassment lawyers at Hershey Law for a free consultation.
Most Common Types of Workplace Harassment Cases
Harassment can take many different forms. Here are the most common types that lead employees to file a harassment lawsuit:
Personal harassment or in-person bullying occurs when people direct unwanted attention toward another person. It can include staring, making inappropriate comments, spreading rumors, gossiping, name-calling, relaying false information, threatening, stalking, and other forms of verbal and nonverbal communication.
Sexual harassment occurs when a person makes unwelcome and inappropriate sexual remarks or physical advancements. Examples of sexual harassment include making lewd comments or jokes, asking for dates or quid pro quo sexual favors, exposing oneself, touching, kissing, rubbing, or other unwanted physical conduct, and inviting others to participate in activities of a sexual nature.
In case you are sexually harassed at work, contact a sexual harassment attorney from Hershey Law. An experienced sexual harassment lawyer will review your case and help you navigate the legal process of filing a civil lawsuit.
Discrimination occurs when employees are treated unfairly due to their gender (gender identity, pregnancy), race, age, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, and other characteristics. Discriminatory harassment cases often involve coworkers who make derogatory statements regarding these traits.
Physical harassment or bullying occurs when someone assaults another person. This could include if a person verbally threatens, shoves, pushes, grabs, hits, beats, kicks, or inflicts pain upon the victim. Physical aggression is often used as a means of intimidation and control.
Psychological harassment or misuse of authority occurs when someone uses their position of power to coerce or manipulate an individual into performing certain tasks or having certain feelings. This form of treatment causes emotional distress leading to depression, anxiety, insomnia, nightmares, flashbacks, panic attacks, and other mental health issues.
Laws That Prohibit Workplace Harassment:
California has enacted harassment laws that provide individuals with the right to be free from workplace harassment by their employer(s) and coworkers. These laws apply to both public and private employers.
The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. FEHA applies to all employers who do business within the state of California.
The California Constitution also prohibits discrimination based on sex, race, creed, color, nationality, or origin.
It is illegal for employers of 5 or more persons to discriminate or harass their employees because they have exercised their rights under the law. Federal and state statutes protect employees from being fired or punished for exercising their right to file a complaint about an employer’s allegedly unlawful conduct.
If you feel your employer violated your rights, contact a harassment lawyer immediately to take legal action against your employer.
Don’t Let Harassment Derail Your Career
Workplace harassment can be stressful, overwhelming, and taxing on your mental health. It can also do damage to your professional career. If you are a victim of workplace harassment, do not hesitate to reach out to the harassment lawyers at Hershey Law. Our expert team is dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of our clients, including discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment victims.
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From a sexual harassment claim to wrongful termination, we handle all types of employment law cases. If you have been harassed at work, call us today at 310-929-219 to schedule a free consultation with our workplace and sexual harassment lawyers regarding your legal options.
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Discrimination happens when an employer or supervisor treats one person differently than another based on protected characteristics such as race, color, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, religious beliefs, gender identity, and age. Gender discrimination can also be in the form of offering less pay to a woman.