Workplace harassment can end careers and cause untold emotional distress. If you have been harassed at work due to your gender, age, disability, race, sexual orientation or other status, you have the right to pursue a legal claim against your employer.
At California Employment Counsel, APC, we dedicate our practice to employment law. Our experienced employment law attorneys can help you explore your rights and legal remedies.
There are many ways harassment can occur in the workplace. Some common forms of workplace harassment include offensive jokes, comments, pictures and unwanted touching. Generally, instances of workplace harassment fall into one of two areas:
- Creating a hostile work environment. This means, committing any harassment based on a protected characteristic such as gender, age, race and sexual orientation. This makes life miserable for the victim, and can impact work performance.
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment: This type of harassment involves managers requesting sexual favors in exchange for favorable treatment. It does not have to be overt: implying the request is still harassment.
Companies are required to take all necessary steps to prevent harassment. When they fail to do so and an employee is harassed, the company may be held liable for damages.
Whether you were harassed by a supervisor, a peer or anyone at work, it is important to understand your rights. Our attorneys can provide you with the knowledgeable guidance you need for your workplace harassment case.
Bullying isn’t limited to the playground. Similar to childhood bullying, workplace bullying can be defined as repeated and health-harming mistreatment. Conduct that is threatening, humiliating or intimidating and that interferes with your work, including verbal and physical abuse, constitutes bullying.
According to a survey from Zogby International, more than a third of employees in the United States have been bullied. A similar older survey discovered bullying is four times more present in the workplace than illegal harassment. This means, unfortunately, that bullying in the workplace is a widespread and serious problem.
Being repeatedly humiliated or screamed at by your boss, never being left alone to do your work or feeling purposely isolated from co-workers may all be examples of workplace bullying. If you feel you consistently produce quality work, but are constantly yelled at for incompetence, you may be a victim of bullying in your workplace. There are many examples of bullying in the workplace and everyone’s situation is different, but you do not have to stand by and accept it.
You can take legal action against workplace bullying when it is discriminatory against a protected minority or creates a hostile work environment. Unfortunately, not all workplace bullying instances are illegal, but if it crosses a line, you can legally pursue it with the help of an attorney.
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Workplace bullying can cause serious harm to victims. People can face both mental and physical problems as a result of bullying, as well as decreased productivity and quality of work. Facing workplace bullying can lead to depression and anxiety disorders, increased blood pressure, nausea and even neurological changes.
The lawyers of California Employment Counsel, APC, represent victims of workplace harassment and bullying. We can hold employers in Orange County and Southern California accountable for creating a hostile work environment or failing to protect employees from co-worker harassment.
Have you been harassed at work? The workplace harassment lawyers at California Employment Counsel, APC, are here to help. Contact us today online, or call our Costa Mesa office at (714) 462-8376 to arrange a consultation with an experienced Orange County employment lawyer.
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