Is Your Supervisor or Coworker Harassing You at Work?
Our Harassment Lawyers in Los Angeles Will Aggressively Fight for Your Rights
When people come to work, they expect a workplace free from harassment. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many businesses foster a workplace environment that rewards discrimination and harassment. Harassment is when a person is on the receiving end of unwelcome behavior based on his/her protected characteristics. Protected characteristics are those identified by the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), including age, gender, disability, race and more. If this describes your situation, then consult with an attorney immediately. Our harassment lawyers in Los Angeles will review your claim during a free case evaluation. We handle many types of workplace harassment cases.
- Sexual Harassment
- Harassment Based on Race
- Harassment Based on Nation Origin
- Pregnancy Harassment
- Same-Sex Harassment
- Religious Beliefs Harassment
- Email Harassment
What Are Common Examples of Workplace Harassment?
Is your supervisor or coworker harassing you at work? Did the behavior unreasonably interfere with your work performance or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment based on your protected characteristics. Then, you might be a victim of hostile work environment? Common examples of workplace harassment include:
- Racially insensitive jokes, comments, slurs, insults and other behaviors
- Intolerance towards a person’s religious beliefs and traditions
- Refusing to provide reasonable accommodations to a disabled employee
- Insulting a person due to his or her sexual orientation or gender identity
- Excluding an employee from meetings or activities due to his or her age
- Physical threats or attacks
- Intimidating a worker with lower status in the workplace hierarchy
- Sexual harassment
- Psychological harassment
- Sending harassing text messages or emails
How Do I File a Workplace Harassment Claim?
First, you should notify your employer of the harassing behavior and follow any protocols established by your employer. California law requires that your employer have an anti-harassment policy. This policy specifies where to make your harassment complaint. In most cases, you will report the conduct to your supervisor or Human Resources (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 might have additional claims against the company for failure to prevent harassment in the workplace. And, if the employer then treats you worse for reporting the harassment, then you might have a retaliation claim.
To understand your rights, contact a Los Angeles harassment attorney. He or she may advise you to file a harassment complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH). You have the option of obtaining an immediate right-to-sue letter instead of letting the DFEH investigate your complaint. In fact, our harassment lawyers in Los Angeles may suggest this. You should always consult with an experienced employment attorney. Your lawyer can prevent you from making a decision that could negatively affect the outcome of your claim.
Can I Get in Trouble for Reporting Harassment?
No. Your employer cannot retaliate against you for reporting harassment at work. This is illegal. But, many employers may do so anyway. For example, your employer could choose to deny you a promotion due to your complaint. If this happens to you, then you should consider taking legal action. A Los Angeles harassment attorney will protect your employment rights. Your attorney can look for evidence that proves your employer engaged in workplace retaliation due to your complaint.
Contact Our Harassment Lawyers in Los Angeles
Under California and federal law, you are entitled to a work in an environment that is free from harassment. Our harassment lawyers in Los Angeles will 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 Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani LLP, our lead attorney has two decades of experience handling California harassment cases. For a free case evaluation, contact us today at (310) 499-0140. You can also fill out our online contact form. We serve clients across Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Call today!