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Harassment in the Workplace in California

Harassment Lawsuits. Los Angeles, California.

If you feel you have been harassed at work 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, 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

The 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.

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.

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 other California cities, if your employer knew about a hostile work environment and didn't do anything to change it, then the employer can 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 useful 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.

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 their behavior is not welcomed.

2) Discuss the incident with your boss.

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

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

5) Be prepared that there could be retaliation against you.

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

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 an attorney who handles harassment cases.

How does the employment lawyer get paid?

We take all harassment claims on a contingency basis, which means - there is no fee unless we negotiate a settlement or win your case at trial.

For more information

To discuss your case, call us at 888-762-0297 and ask to speak with an attorney who handles harassment in the workplace cases.

Your consultation will be confidential, informative, and free.

We represent clients in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, Imperial, Alameda, San Bernardino, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, San Jose, Sacramento, San Francisco, and California.

Last updated on October 19, 2020.

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Additional Resources

• California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA)

• Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964