Employment Harassment Lawyers of Hennig Ruiz
Federal law and the state laws of California prohibit both private and government employers from engaging in and neglecting to rectify actions of harassment against their employees. The anti-harassment laws of California are among the most restrictive in the entire nation. The Hennig Ruiz Law Firm offers a team of highly regarded Employment Harassment Lawyers that specializes in representing victims’ claims of harassment or hostile work environments in both the California Employment and Housing Commission (FEHC) and civil litigation.
What is unlawful employment harassment in the workplace?
Before suing an employer for harassment, it is important to understand the proper definitions of the term “harassment” under the law. Harassment in the workplace does not necessary lead to some form of financial harm to the employee. You may not even lose your job or be denied employment. But harassing actions can still take place that make the working environment uncomfortable or cause the employee to feel fearful, stressed, or unable to concentrate on one’s job. There are many different forms of workplace harassment. In order for the offensive actions to be considered unlawful, the harassing actions usually need to reach beyond the level of a petty annoyance. In general, there are two primary types for employment harassment:
Quid Pro Quo Harassment: This type of harassment most often refers to some form of requested exchange taking place between the employer and the employee. Although, the harassment can also be instigated by supervisors, managers, and co-workers as well. Quid Pro Quo Harassment charges are often of a sexual nature whereby the overture is requested in exchange for employee promotions, as a condition of retaining employment, or some other form of compensation.
Hostile Work Environment: No employee should be forced to deal with verbal, physical, or mental abuse in the workplace. Under the law, your place of employment becomes a hostile work environment when the harassment is so severe or pervasive that you are unable to do your work or the harassing actions become a consistent and defining condition of the workplace. Once again, the harasser can be your employer, a supervisor, a co-worker, or even a third-party employee. The inappropriate conduct can take many forms, including but not limited to:
- Offensive Jokes
- Racial Slurs
- Gender-related insults
- Verbal attacks against sexual preference
- Age-related comments
- Verbal threats of any kind
- Offensive statements about disabilities
Discrimination Harassment in the workplace can take many forms. If you feel that are a victim of unlawful harassment in the workplace or that your complaint was ignored or mishandled by your employer, then we encourage you to speak with our team of Employment Harassment Lawyers immediately.
Do you need an Employment Harassment Attorney?
The attorneys of Hennig Ruiz represent clients of all backgrounds and industries. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, and the California Fair Employment Housing Act, every American worker is protected against harassment in the workplace based upon:
If you believe that you are a victim of employer harassment laws in Greater Los Angeles or the state of California, then Hennig Ruiz always recommends that you first follow your employer’s internal policies and procedures for making such a claim. Document all instances of the harassing behaviors. This documentation may become key evidence in a future litigation and ultimately at court trial.
If your employer fails to resolve the issue in a timely and effective manner, or if you need help on how to deal with your employer in the first place, feel free to contact the law offices of Hennig Ruiz for a free consultation. Our team of highly experienced Employment Harassment Lawyers will help you to stand up for your rights and fight for the financial compensation that you so richly deserve.