Los Angeles Workplace Harassment Attorneys
Discrimination can take many forms, with one of the most common being harassment. Harassment is any unwelcome conduct directed at another individual, usually on the basis of race, skin color, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, or other factor of a person’s identity. Harassment is a common form of workplace discrimination, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has strict rules governing workplace fairness.
Understanding Workplace Harassment
Harassment is generally defined as an employee enduring unwelcome conduct as a condition of remaining employed. That is, the harasser has made it clear that the conduct will not stop as long as the targeted individual remains employed at the organization. Harassment also includes any actions that create a hostile, abusive, or otherwise distressing working environment for an employee due to his or her particular identifying traits or a perceived trait.
The EEOC does not consider petty, infrequently made rude comments or isolated incidents as harassment unless they are serious in nature. If a court deems that the conduct in question would create a hostile work environment for any other reasonable person, the employer can be held accountable for breaking EEOC laws.
Harassment can include:
- Offensive remarks, such as jokes, epithets, or slurs
- Physical assaults
- Threats to an employee’s person or job security
- Any other form of intimidation
- Ridicule due to the employee’s personal identity
- Insults and mockery
- Posting offensive images or notes in the workplace
- Interfering with an employee’s work due to his or her personal identity
- Threats of workplace violence
This is not an exhaustive list – the ways in which harassment can take place vary widely as well. When most people think of workplace harassment, they often imagine an employer mistreating an employee. However, harassment can take place between colleagues of similar standing, supervisors and their subordinates, employees of partnered businesses, or non-employees who interact with the employee on a regular basis as part of his or her job requirements (such as a parcel delivery person who delivers goods and supplies on a regular basis to the employee’s workplace). Additionally, anyone who feels affected by harassment may file a claim.
Filing a Harassment Claim in Los Angeles
Unlike personal injury lawsuits, plaintiffs in workplace harassment cases do not have to prove any economic injury occurred to win their cases. In some harassment cases, an employee may have been compelled to quit or was otherwise forced to resign. A claim may help that employee secure reinstatement and back pay for time lost.
If you believe that you are being harassed at work, do not hesitate to explore your organization’s internal options for resolution. Many companies do not want harassment to take place, and they want to safeguard against potentially ugly lawsuits. Explore your company’s internal processes for resolving harassment, and you may be able to have the situation handled quickly to your satisfaction. It is in your company’s best interest to quell harassment in the workplace.
However, if this is impossible (or the harassment is particularly severe), reach out to an attorney to help you file a lawsuit. The EEOC investigates complaints of harassment, and if such an investigation determines that harassment did take place, the EEOC will either file a lawsuit on your behalf or issue a “right to sue” letter to your Los Angeles harassment attorney.
The Los Angeles workplace harassment lawyers at Mathew & George are experienced in all manner of employment lawsuits. If you have been harassed at work in the Los Angeles area, reach out to our team for a free consultation. Our harassment attorneys will review your situation and let you know if an EEOC claim is a good idea. We can help you navigate the claims process and pursue a lawsuit for your workplace harassment case.