California Hostile Workplace Lawyer
Going to work is always stressful to some degree. However, if the work environment becomes so bad that it makes you physically ill or emotionally unwell, then it’s time to take a look at the environment. If you dread dealing with your boss or co-workers, then you are likely working in a toxic workplace.
While not all toxic workplaces are illegal, many are. Your employer may be breaking some rules when it comes to harassment or discrimination.
If this is the case, you need to address the situation as soon as possible. Have your case assessed by an California hostile workplace lawyer from The Garza Firm. We’ll help you understand your legal rights.
What is a Hostile Workplace?
In order for a workplace to be legally defined as hostile, certain conditions need to be met. The following criteria must be met:
- There is discrimination. Treating someone unfavorably due to a protected class (such as race, age, gender, or sexual orientation) is against the law. So is making discriminatory comments that make employees feel uncomfortable.
- It is pervasive. A one-time comment likely won’t make a workplace hostile, but when the teasing and bullying lasts a long time and is not investigated by the employer, then the workplace becomes hostile.
- It is oppressive. Casual remarks and isolated cases do not make a workplace hostile, but if it’s so severe that it disrupts a person’s ability to work, then it is considered oppressive. Some workers may be so stressed out that they call in sick or avoid going to work.
- It is unwelcome. Unwelcome and inappropriate behavior can make employees feel uncomfortable. The harassment can be verbal or nonverbal in nature. Examples include showing graphic or vulgar images, asking someone about their sex life, making inappropriate sexual remarks, or engaging in physical contact without a person’s consent.
What Can You Do?
If you believe you are facing a hostile work environment, your first steps should be to gather evidence and file an internal complaint. You will need strong proof of any unwanted action or behavior that has occurred, including messages, emails, texts, and notes. Be sure to note the time, date, and place that the discrimination or harassment occurred.
You will also want to ensure that management has been made aware of your situation. Provide details about the incidents and file a complaint. If your employer fails to get involved, seek legal help. A lawyer can assess your situation and help you understand your next steps.
Contact The Garza Firm Today
Nobody should have to work in a hostile environment. If you are feeling constant stress, anxiety, or depression due to the workplace, you need to take legal action.
Is your employer acting illegally? If so, The Garza Firm can help you get justice. Contact our California hostile workplace lawyers to file a claim. Fill out the online form or call (949) 570-8350 to schedule a consultation.