When people come to work, they expect a workplace free from harassment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Harassment is unwelcome behavior based on an individual’s protected characteristics. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) identifies these protected characteristics. They include sex, disability, race and more. Below, our work harassment lawyers in Los Angeles explain what you should know about workplace harassment.
Discuss Your Unique Situation With Our Experienced Los Angeles Job Harassment Lawyers
Are you experiencing workplace harassment? Has the behavior unreasonably interfered with your work performance? Has it created an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment? Consider talking with a Los Angeles workplace harassment attorney with our firm. During a free consultation, we will answer your questions. We can also help you to understand your legal options. Call us at (310) 919-0091 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.
Types of Workplace Harassment Cases We Handle
We represent individuals suffering from many types of workplace harassment, including:
- Sexual Harassment
- Pregnancy Harassment
- Same-Sex Harassment
- Email Harassment
- Harassment Based on Race
- Harassment Based on Nation Origin
- Religious Beliefs Harassment
You can also learn more about the other types of employment litigation cases we handle here.
What Are Common Examples of Workplace Harassment?
There are various types of workplace harassment. Common examples of workplace harassment include, but are not limited to:
- Sexual harassment, including quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment
- Insults and/or ridicule
- Harassing text messages or emails
- Insensitive jokes, comments, slurs and/or other behaviors
- Physical threats or attacks
- Psychological harassment
How Do I File a Workplace Harassment Claim in California?
First, you should notify your employer about the harassing behavior. Follow any protocols established by your employer. Your employee handbook may outline these protocols. California law requires that your employer has an anti-harassment policy. This policy specifies where to make your harassment complaint. In most cases, you will report it to your supervisor or HR department.
It is important to give your employer a chance to respond to your complaint. If your employer fails to stop the harassment, then you may have more claims against the company. This claim would be for failure to prevent harassment in the workplace. And, if your employer treats you worse for reporting the harassment, then you may have a workplace retaliation claim.
A Los Angeles work harassment lawyer can help you to understand your legal rights. We may advise you to file a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). You may also have the option to get a right-to-sue letter. This would allow you to sue your employer rather than wait for the DFEH investigation. Your lawyer can guide you through the process to help you get the best possible outcome for your claim.
Can I Get in Trouble for Reporting Harassment?
No, you cannot get into trouble for reporting workplace harassment. Workplace harassment is illegal. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting it. However, many employers may do so anyway. For example, your employer may choose to deny you a promotion due to your complaint. If this happens to you, then you should consider taking legal action. Your attorney can look for evidence that proves your employer engaged in workplace retaliation due to your complaint.
Contact Our Work Harassment Lawyers in Los Angeles About Your Situation
The law entitles you to work in an environment that is free from harassment. Our Los Angeles job harassment lawyers can help you review your legal options. We can determine if you have a viable claim. Additionally, we can answer any employment law questions that you may have.
At YMS, we represent individuals in many types of cases. We handle workplace discrimination, harassment or retaliation cases in the Los Angeles area. For a free case evaluation, contact us today at (310) 919-0091. You can also fill out our online contact form. Reach out to us today.
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