Workplace Harassment Lawyer

Contact our award-winning workplace harassment attorneys if you believe you or a loved one have suffered harassment while at work. Work should be a place where everybody feels comfortable working around their co-workers. Every company and organization in California is required legally to make sure that all their workers and employees feel comfortable, and there are measures in place to prevent harassment.

Harassment could not only lead to emotional injuries but also physical injuries. Your employer could be held responsible if they fail to prevent harassment at the workplace, or handle workplace harassment improperly.

Our workplace harassment attorneys always work to make sure that you get the Justice you deserve. That means that we are available to fight for you 24/7, and make sure that those that have made the harassment possible or held responsible. 

What Compensation Could I Receive for My Workplace Harassment Lawsuit?

Many people think that workplace harassment is very difficult to prove, so they may not have a successful lawsuit. But, that is not the case. A successful workplace harassment attorney will be able to prove your case and investigate the circumstances of your case so you could get the compensation you need.

  1. Lost wages or income: If you had to take time off work due to the harassment, you may be able to recover lost wages.
  2. Lost income: if you had to quit and leave your workplace because of the harassment, you could receive lost income. 
  3. Emotional distress: This is one of the most important types of compensation. Harassment can impact on your emotional well-being, causing distress, anxiety, and depression. 
  4. Medical expenses: If you suffered physical injuries as a result of the harassment, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, including physical therapy and psychological counseling.
  5. Punitive damages: In some cases (not usually awarded in California and Nevada), the harasser may be ordered to pay punitive damages for their reckless behavior. 

How Can I Prove Workplace Harassment?

We understand that it could be very difficult to come forward and report the workplace harassment. But, our confidential consultations offer you a one-on-one opportunity to discuss any harassment examples that you have faced at the workplace.

In cases where a single verbal comment has been made, it may be difficult to prove workplace harassment. But, there are certain factors that could help prove your case for workplace harassment against the employer. 

  • When the harassment incidents are repetitive
  • When the harassment incident is seriously offensive to cause severe physical injury
  • When the harassment has severely interfered with your ability to perform your job

How Can Our Workplace Harassment Attorneys Help You?

  1. Provide legal advice: Our experienced attorneys will explain your legal rights and the different options you have. 
  2. Investigate the situation: We will conduct an investigation into the harassment and interview witnesses to build a strong case. 
  3. Negotiate: We will negotiate with your employer or the harasser to reach a settlement. 
  4. Ensure compliance: We also work with businesses to make sure that your business is complying with all relevant state and federal employment laws, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation laws.

Workplace Harassment California Laws

  • Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, it is unlawful for an employer to harass an individual because of their race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sex, age, or sexual orientation. 
  • In California, employees who are filing a claim for workplace harassment must obtain a right-to-sue notice from the California Department of Fair Employment and housing. Without this right-to-sue notice, an employee is not able to file a lawsuit against the employer.
  • Statute of limitations: It is important to note that the time limit for filing a workplace harassment claim in California is one year from the incident. That is why you should contact us immediately after going through such harassment at work.
  • Liability. An employer faces strict liability for harassment, meaning that the employer will be held liable regardless of proof of fault. If the management knew about the harassment and failed to make any decisions, the management company could also be held liable for damages.
  • Retaliation: California law prohibits any type of retaliation towards the employee in the event that they do speak up about workplace harassment. Retaliation examples include termination and demotion.

Sexual Harassment Lawsuits in Las Vegas

Because Las Vegas is one of the top cities in the entertainment and gaming industry, there have been several sexual harassment claims filed yearly. For example, several bartenders and cocktail waitresses report being sexually harassed by their employer, such as being told to wear a specific type of dress or lose weight. Sexual harassment involves offensive conduct such as requesting sexual favors or unwelcome sexual advances.

What Can Be Considered Workplace Harassment?

From representing workplace harassment clients for decades, we have put together a list of the most common examples that we have seen. This includes:

  • Use of racial slurs
  • Appropriate jokes
  • Commentary on age
  • Uncomfortable physical contact
  • Intimidation
  • Physical assault
  • Insults
  • Name calling 
  • Physical gestures
  • Touching 
  • Sexual advances 
  • Sabotage
  • Bullying 
  • Threats 
  • Mocking the employee
  • Posting offensive images
  • Spreading offenses emails
  • Use of degrading comments
  • Intolerance for religious customs
  • Intolerance for sexual orientation, gender, or gender presentation
  • Excluding the employee from the decision-making process

What is Discriminatory Harassment?

Discriminatory harassment is a type of harassment, such as mistreatment, or offensive Behavior towards a specific employee or a group of employees because they fall under a protected characteristic. Protected characteristics include a person’s race, color, origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. There are several laws and regulations in place that try to prevent discriminatory harassment. If you think you are a victim of discriminatory harassment work, contact us immediately. 

Discriminatory harassment could take place in many different ways, including:

  • Sexual harassment: this is one of the most common types of harassment in the workplace
  • Sexual orientation harassment
  • Racial harassment
  • National origin harassment
  • Religious harassment
  • Disability harassment

What Are Examples of Workplace Harassment?

  • Sexual Harassment. Unwanted sexual conduct, advances, or behavior in the workplace. Examples of this form of harassment can include inappropriate touching or gestures, making sexual comments or jokes, sharing sexual photos, or invading someone’s personal space in a sexual way. Sexual harassment in the workplace is a prevalent issue in industries such as the restaurant or entertainment business. 
  • Psychological Harassment. Bullying of someone’s psychological well-being. Psychological harassment in the workplace is often verbal but can also involve belittling someone’s ideas, constantly challenging someone, isolating or denying someone’s presence, or spreading rumors about someone.
  • Physical Harassment. Also known as workplace violence, this type of harassment involves physical threats, physical attacks, or even assault. Some examples of physical harassment include threatening behavior, making direct threats of violence, destruction of property, or physical attacks. Workers in the healthcare, social services, education, and public transportation industries are at the most risk for this type of harassment.
  • Retaliation. Taking actions to prevent or punish an employee’s involvement in a protected, whistleblower or anti-discrimination activity. This includes enforcing disciplinary actions such as demotion, termination, non-promotion, or non-selection on employees for their participation in protected activities.
  • Cyber Harassment. Also known as cyberbullying, online harassment in the workplace creates a hostile work environment for employees through digital harassment on social media platforms or online chat applications. This type of harassment comes in many forms such as sharing humiliating secrets or pictures of someone through email or on a public chat forum, sending harassing messages to the individual, or spreading rumors or gossip about an individual on social media.

When Should I File My Workplace Harassment Lawsuit in California?

In California, you have two years from the date of the last harassment to file your lawsuit. California courts take this very seriously. But, there are some exceptions. For example, the time limit is extended for those under 18 years of age. 

Could My Employer Fire Me for Reporting Harassment?

If you have reported your employer for harassment, it is illegal for your employer to fire you as this is considered to be wrongful termination. This is considered retaliation, and you may have a claim for workplace retaliation if you have been let go for reporting harassment or any other violation in the workplace.

Our compassionate employment attorneys know just what it takes to file a successful workplace harassment lawsuit. Give us a call today to see how we can help you. We have offices located in every major city including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Irvine, etc. Contact us today.