You have the right to work in an environment where you feel safe. Among other factors, harassment can negatively affect an employee’s work performance. If an employer or colleague has ever made you feel unsafe at work, you could be the victim of workplace harassment.
What Constitutes as Harassment in the Workplace?
If your employer screams at you all day – this may or may not be considered harassment. Although your boss doesn’t have to be nice to you, he or she also cannot treat you in a hostile way based on certain protected classes.
In California, harassment in the workplace is defined as unwelcomed behavior from an employer or colleagues based on certain protected classes. California law protects employees from illegal discrimination based on race, religion or creed, color, national origin, age (over 40), disability (mental and physical), sex (including pregnancy), gender identity or gender expression, genetic information, military status, veteran status, marital status, or medical condition.
3 Types of Workplace Harassment
Being able to recognize employment harassment is important so you can report illegal behavior. In California, the three types of workplace harassment include sexual, physical, or verbal harassment.
In California, there are two categories of sexual harassment: hostile work environment sexual harassment and quid pro quo sexual harassment.
A hostile work environment sexual harassment involves unwelcome and illegal behavior that creates a harsh working environment.
The term “quid pro quo” translates to “this for that”. A quid pro quo sexual harassment usually occurs when employment or opportunity for advancement is offered as a condition of a sexual advance.
Physical harassment at work can include various forms of physical contact such as hitting (also known as battery) or the threat of hitting (also known as assault). Other examples of physical harassment include wanted touching, hugging, embracing, shoving, groping, or pushing. No one can physically touch you without your permission.
Verbal harassment is very common in the workplace. Examples include threats, slurs, cursing, mocking, jokes, innuendos, or insults. Sexual verbal harassment can include catcalls, whistles, sexual remarks, or inquiries about a person’s sex life. Flirting or sexual jokes that may seem innocent is not necessarily innocent if another person is offended by it.
If you’ve ever encountered any of these types of behaviors at work, then you may be the victim of employment harassment. An experienced lawyer can help you understand your situations and go over your legal options.
Seek Legal Assistance from a Workplace Harassment Lawyer Today
If you are being mistreated or have been harassed at work, you have the right to file a claim against your employer. Even if you know that your rights are being violated you need an experienced attorney by your side to help you navigate the legal proceedings. Contact Mesriani Law Group today to speak with an experienced and respectful employment harassment lawyer. Our Los Angeles attorneys have over two decades of experience fighting for employee rights and we can help you get the justice you deserve.