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Harassment in the Workplace in California

Harassment Lawsuits. Los Angeles, California.

If somebody at work is harassing you, and it causes emotional distress and interferes with your ability to do your job, call us at 888-762-0297 to discuss your case.

Your consultation will be confidential and free.

We represent clients in Los Angeles and throughout the state of California.

What is harassment in the workplace?

Generally, harassment in the workplace entails intentionally targeting someone else with behavior meant to alarm, annoy, humiliate, torment, or terrorize them.

Harassment could also be defined as any repeated or continuing uninvited contact that serves no useful purpose beyond creating alarm, annoyance, or emotional distress.

Not all petty annoyances constitute harassment, but if you want to know if you have a legal claim against a person who is causing problems, you need to speak with an attorney.

Types of harassment in California

Harassment at work may take many forms. Often different types of harassment overlap and coexist together. It may include:

Race harassment,

Gender harassment,

Religion harassment,

Disability harassment in the workplace,

Harassment based on sexual orientation,

Age-related harassment,

Sexual harassment,

Quid pro quo form of harassment (literally, do this for that).

The most common cases

The most common harassment types at work in Los Angeles and other California cities include:

Sexual harassment,

Retaliation harassment,

Discriminatory harassment,

Cyberbullying or online harassment.

Can I sue my employer for harassment in the workplace?

Yes, employees can sue for harassment, discrimination, and bullying at the workplace.

In Los Angeles and everywhere else in California, if your employer knew about a hostile work environment and didn't do anything to change it, the employer could be legally liable for violating the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

For more information or to know if you have valid legal grounds to file an official harassment complaint, call our office.

How do you prove harassment?

The following supporting documentation could be helpful to prove your harassment claim:

Document the day and time of an incident, names of all people involved, the eyewitness's information,

The frequency of the incidents,

Save all texts, emails, or in some cases, videos that the harasser sent to you.

Work Harassment: What to do

There are a few things you can do if you are experiencing harassment at the workplace:

1) You may try to talk to the person who is harassing you and let them know that you don't welcome their behavior.

2) Discuss the incident with your boss.

3) Check the company policy; often, there is a process to handle harassment complaints.

4) Make an official complaint to the HR department, document your complaint's date and time, and their response.

5) Contact an employment lawyer who has experience handling harassment complaints in California. We invite you to call us.

Be prepared that there could be retaliation against you.

California harassment laws

The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) at the state level and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the federal level protect harassment victims.

What is the time limit to file a harassment claim in California?

There are strict deadlines (statute of limitations) within which you must act to file a harassment lawsuit. These statutes of limitations are complex and vary for different types of legal actions. Failure to meet these deadlines can cause you to lose your case or to lose your legal rights.

If you live in California and want to know when a deadline is to file a complaint in your case, give us a call and fill out the online form below to schedule an appointment with a lawyer for harassment in the workplace.

For more information

Call us at 888-762-0297 to discuss your situation. We are here to help.

Consultations are free.

We represent clients in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Orange County, and other California cities.

Last updated on September 29, 2021.

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Additional Resources

• California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

• Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

• Discriminatory Harassment Policy