Harassment is prohibited in all workplaces in California and is the most pervasive form of discrimination. No matter how many or how few employees a business has, creating a hostile work environment based on protected characteristics can result in a hostile work environment lawsuit, and victims can seek compensation for their pain and suffering.
The following is a list of protected characteristics:
- National origin
- Genetic information
- Sex gender
- Gender identity
- Sexual orientation
- Military status
- Veteran status
If you have been a victim of harassment or discrimination in the workplace, contact Blackstone Law Firm. We offer dedicated and legal representation and fight for the rights of people to work in a safe environment that’s free from discrimination.
A hostile work environment can be overt or subtle. When someone or even a group of people use words or actions to intimidate, abuse, or threaten someone, this creates a hostile work environment. In addition, if someone is verbally, physically, or visually harassed in a sexual manner through jokes, touching, or inappropriate comments, this too is prohibited.
The following are examples of discriminatory conduct:
- Making rude comments about someone’s religion
- Laughing at and making jokes about the disability of a coworker
- Using racial slurs
- Offensive comments
- Unwanted sexual advances
- Uncomfortable physical contact
- Remarks about someone’s age
While there are people who will brush off harassment and downplay the discriminatory actions of another, it is important to understand that discrimination of any kind has a negative impact on the victim and even those who have witnessed the behavior. There is no reason to tolerate unwelcomed and discriminatory behavior.
There is nothing normal about working in a hostile work environment. If you have been a victim of harassment at your job, consider the following information that may help you take action:
Confront the Person
This may seem intimidating but speak to the offender and let them know that their words or actions are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. You can even do it in the presence of a witness for support. by confronting this person, you may prevent them from doing the same to others.
Talk to the Proper Authorities
If you are in a large company, contact your Human Resources department and tell them what has occurred. For those in a smaller organization, talk to your manager and inform them of the situation. Your company has a legal obligation to investigate and address the situation.
When you are a victim of harassment, document everything and create a paper trail. This will help you in proving your case, especially if your company isn’t doing what they are supposed to in these circumstances.
Harassment of protected classes can be extremely emotional, causing distress and job insecurities. The hostile work environment lawyers at Blackstone Law Firm will assess all the relevant details of your case and advocate for you. You do not have to navigate this process alone.
Hostile work environment cases generally involve sensitive information. Our Los Angeles employment lawyers treat their clients like family and are driven by our values of honesty, integrity, and family. We will fight on your behalf and make sure the law is enforced and equitable. We have a history of excellence and success in case resolutions and are dedicated to honest legal representation.
If you have questions about hostile work environment cases or are struggling with what to do about harassment issues in your workplace, contact us at (310) 956-4054 for a free consultation or fill out our contact form.