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Protect EmployeEs from Hostile Work Environments

A single comment about your weight, appearance, or personality at work can be disturbing. A consistent pattern of these kinds of remarks could mean you have grounds to file a workplace harassment claim.

If you feel you or another employee are being subjected to a hostile work environment, contact the Los Angeles employee harassment attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames today. We are committed to helping people create a safe workplace where their rights are protected.

Is Workplace Bullying and Harassment Illegal?

Under the California Fair Employment & Housing Act, it is unlawful for an employer or individual to harass an employee because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. Additionally, workers who file for a family or medical leave or for worker's compensation are protected from harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination.

The harassment on this basis must be sufficiently severe or pervasive such that it alters the conditions of employment and creates a hostile working environment. Severe harassment cases can lead to the employee taking a leave for work-related stress, resulting in the worker filing for compensation or disability.

Examples of workplace harassment include:

  • Regular usage of racial slurs, insults, jokes, or degrading comments based on the employee's race
  • Intolerance and degradation of religious customs and traditions
  • Harassment based on the employee's actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender, or gender presentation
  • Unfair exclusion of an employee from meetings or activities due to their age

What about human resources?

In some cases, harassment or sexual harassment can be settled by speaking to an HR representative. However, this is not always enough to stop harassment coming from company leadership. It is unfortunate, but many people have found HR is not as protective of their rights as it needs to be. In some cases, human resources consider protecting the company their primary job, not protecting the employees. As a result, while HR may be able to curb harassment among peers, they can be less effective when the problem is coming from company leadership.

Talking to your HR representative before taking legal action is not a bad idea, but keep in mind that your company cannot retaliate against you for speaking to a lawyer. It may be in your best interests to discuss the situation with an attorney before speaking to HR so that you can start taking steps to protect yourself if HR fails to stop the harassment.

Suing for Harassment in California

Employees must obtain a "right to sue" notice from the DFEH, or California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing, before filing lawsuits for harassment against their employer. The charge must be filed within one year of the incident. Once you have your notice, you will have one year to file your lawsuit.

Filing with the DFEH can become complicated when determining when the behavior in question reached the point of legal harassment. The workplace harassment attorneys at the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames can help you look over your situation and determine how best to file with the DFEH.

Contact Our Trustworthy Employment Lawyers in Los Angeles

In addition to harassment charges, the lawyers at the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames also represent people who have been victims of workplace discrimination. We work very closely with our clients, and have witnessed how personally these incidents can affect people in their professional and personal lives.

Call (310) 935-0225 to discuss your case with an experienced Los Angeles employment law attorney.

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