We all have bad days at work, but many of us can simply power through knowing that better days are just around the corner. However, there are times when a series of “bad work days” can turn into a serious problem for an employee. Work-related emotional distress brought on by a bad boss or coworker can also be unlawful. No one should be subjected to a hostile work environment that causes mental suffering, but how do you know if you can sue your employer for emotional distress?
This article will help you understand emotional distress, and how your employee rights may be protected under California and federal employment laws.
We all experience work-related stress from time to time, whether it stems from a demanding boss, challenging assignments, or pressures to meet tight deadlines. But while these situations are common, it is important for all employees to know that chronic job stress can negatively impact our mental and physical health. According to the APA Center for Organizational Excellence, 65 percent of American employees have cited work as a significant source of stress, and more than one-third of these workers also reported chronic stress due to their jobs.
If you feel that your work environment is negatively impacting you to the point that your health is suffering, the following tips may help you manage workplace stress and understand how state and federal employment laws can protect you from stressors caused by illegal employer behaviors.