Harassment in the workplace can adversely affect every aspect of a victim’s life. If you believe your employer is engaging in unlawful conduct or allowing a hostile work environment to continue unchecked, we can guide you through the steps you need to take to vindicate your rights.At the Law Offices of Jeremy Pasternak in San Francisco and Los Angeles, we have been standing up for the rights of workers and executives for 20 years. Our attorneys have the knowledge, trial skills and resources to effectively take on companies throughout California that allow their employees to be subjected to a hostile work environment. Nearly everyone has observed some level of hostility or bullying in the workplace.
Bosses are not always respectful to their employees. Co-workers can have conflicts over projects, or just plain dislike each other. Not all hostility in the workplace rises to workplace harassment
. Many conflicts or offensive conduct are linked to bad office politics, but are not always illegal. Harassment is a form of discrimination. California and federal laws prohibit an employer from harassing an employee, or allowing harassment in the workplace, based on a worker’s status in a protected class. Protected classes include race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, religion and more. Harassment may involve:
- Offensive comments, jokes or physical conduct that denigrates a protected class
- Requests for sexual favors to keep your job or get a promotion
- Unwanted leering, touching or physical contact
As in any discrimination or harassment matter, it is important that you document the inappropriate conduct — but there is a right way and a wrong way to do that. We can explain the steps you need to take and guide you through the procedures to prepare your claim for workplace harassment. A hostile work environment not only interferes with your right to earn your living in a discrimination-free workplace. Many victims of workplace harassment suffer stress, anxiety and medical effects that can carry through to their personal lives. Our lawyers are devoted to helping individuals who have suffered harm from unlawful conduct at work.
If you believe you are being treated unfairly because of your race, disability, gender, age or medical condition, or because you have complained of unlawful activity, contact our employee rights attorneys at 415-376-1710 or send us an email to request your free consultation. We have offices in downtown San Francisco and in Los Angeles.