Workplace harassment is a pervasive issue in the modern American workplace. When workers are subject to harassment, it can take a tremendous toll on their psychological, emotional, and even financial well-being. As a result, both California and federal laws prohibit workplace harassment under certain circumstances. While not every instance of workplace harassment entitles victims to file a lawsuit, in many cases, people who have been subjected to serious or ongoing harassment can recover significant compensation. No one should have to deal with harassing behavior at work and you should always be aware of your legal rights and how to go about stopping workplace harassment.
Steps to take if you are being harassed
If you are experiencing behavior at work that is both unwelcome and offensive, your very first step should be to voice your objection to the harassment. You should make it known that the conduct is unwelcome and give the employee a chance to alter their behavior. In some situations, this is enough to stop the harassment on its own and you can continue with your job duties in peace. You should also report the behavior to a manager so that they are aware that there is offensive conduct happening in your place of work. The manager may then take steps to stop the harassment.
If the harassing employee refuses to stop the offensive conduct and the behavior is allowed to continue by management, the harassment may inhibit your ability to work and execute your job functions. In such cases, you should immediately consult with an experienced employment lawyer to discuss your case.
In order to have a valid claim for workplace harassment, you often must prove that the harassment created a “hostile work environment.” Under the law, this means that any reasonable employee would have found the environment to be hostile or abusive due to the harassment. In other situations, you must prove that dealing with the harassment became necessary to keep your job, which often occurs when a manager or another boss is the harasser. For these reasons, you should always keep detailed notes of the harassment as it occurs, including every date, time, and description of the offensive behavior. These notes can later serve as evidence if you file a legal claim.
Many people are unsure of whether behavior constitutes harassment or not and may also not know how to go about stopping the behavior. The Pershing Square Law Firm can advise you of your rights and the necessary steps to take.
Contact an experienced California employment law attorney today to schedule a free case evaluation
If you believe that you have been the subject of actionable harassment at work, you should discuss your options with an experienced attorney today. The Pershing Square Law Firm is committed to representing the rights of individuals who have legal issues related to employment law. To schedule a free consultation with an attorney, please call our office today at 800-696-1206 or send us an email through our online contact form available here.