Workplace Harassment Lawyers
Orange County Workplace Harassment Lawyer
Harassment in the workplace is illegal under state and federal laws. If you are a victim of this type of behavior, justice should be pursued.
Workplace harassment is on the rise. According to the most recent statistics published by the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EEOC), 27,893 harassment claims were filed across the country in 2015. California has consistently accounted for just over 7% of all charges received by the EEOC.
Harassment in the workplace is never acceptable. Beyond being intolerable, it’s also illegal. If you’ve been the victim of workplace harassment, you should speak to an experienced harassment lawyer today to protect your rights and pursue the justice you deserve.
What Constitutes Workplace Harassment
While sexual harassment in the workplace rightfully receives a lot of attention, other forms of egregious workplace harassment occur every day. Unwelcome conduct on the basis of color, race, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability, among other things, all constitute workplace harassment.
Harassment in the workplace can take many forms. While not all minor isolated incidents will rise to the level of actionable harassment, harassing conduct becomes illegal when it is a continued condition of employment that is pervasive or severe enough to create an intimidating, abusive, or hostile work environment.
Actionable conduct often occurs in the form of:
- Offensive slurs or jokes
- Name calling
- Offensive images and objects
These, however, are only some common examples. Illegal harassment can occur in a wide variety of workplace circumstances. If you think you’ve been exposed to improper conduct, you should consult an attorney to see if it rises to the level of actionable harassment.
Protection for Harassment Victims
Workplace harassment is illegal under both California and federal law. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits harassment of employees, applicants, and independent contractors. It also requires employers to take all reasonable steps to prevent harassment.
Similarly, on a federal level, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 all prohibit discriminatory and harassing conduct by employers. These laws also prevent employers from taking retaliatory action against employees who speak up about improper discriminatory or harassing conduct.
An employer can be held liable for the actions of its employees in cases of workplace harassment. Employers are liable for the harassing actions of supervisors when that harassment results in any negative employment action against an employee, such as termination. Employers are likewise liable for harassment by other types of employees if they knew or should have known about it and failed to correct it.
Legal Help for Workplace Harassment Victims in Orange County
If you have experienced harassment in the workplace at the hands of your employer, supervisor, or coworker, you have options. The workplace harassment attorneys at Sessions & Kimball LLP are experienced in protecting the rights of employees who have been victimized on the job. We are here to help get you justice and pursue full compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
You can trust our attorneys to handle your case in a professional and confidential manner. If you’d like to discuss your workplace situation or the possibility of bringing a harassment claim, call us today for a free, confidential consultation.
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