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Workplace harassment is considered illegal, and employees have a right to hold their employers accountable. Legally, your employer is prohibited from harassing you at work. If you or a loved one believe you have a workplace harassment claim, our California and Nevada employment attorneys could review your potential workplace harassment claim at your free no risk consultation. During this consultation, we will discuss the different options you have to put an end to this workplace harassment. We have decades of experience representing employees who have had their rights taken advantage of. We believe that no employee should suffer workplace harassment and discrimination.
Several different types of harassment don’t fall under workplace discrimination. You must be a member of a protected class in order to face discriminatory harassment. Harassment occurs when a hostile work environment is created, and several employees are left feeling uncomfortable at work. If you are constantly getting harassed for being in a protected class, contact our attorneys today. We believe that no employee should have to endure harassment.Those who do, should be entitled to compensation for their injuries.
What Compensation Could I Receive for My Workplace Harassment Lawsuit?
- Lost wages or income: If you had to take time off work due to the harassment, you may be able to recover lost wages.
- Lost income: if you had to quit and leave your workplace because of the harassment, you could receive lost income.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
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
If you have experienced harassment that falls under any one of the above categories, you should talk to your employer about what you are feeling. If your employer fails to take any immediate action, contact our skilled labor and employment attorneys immediately.
How Can a Workplace Harassment Attorney Help Me?
- Provide legal advice: Our experienced attorneys will explain your legal rights and the different options you have.
- Investigate the situation: We will conduct an investigation into the harassment and interview witnesses to build a strong case.
- Negotiate: We will negotiate with your employer or the harasser to reach a settlement.
- 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.
- Is important to note that the time limit for filing a workplace harassment claim in California is one year from the incident.
- 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.
Because there are so many complex sets of rules in California, we advise that you seek the assistance of an experienced employment law attorney immediately after being harassed at work. The longer you wait, the more likely your claim may be dismissed.
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 Are Examples of 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
- Physical assault
- 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
There are many more examples that may not be mentioned here.
If you have experienced any of the above examples, along with any other examples not mentioned, contact our attorneys immediately to determine how you have been affected and how you can file a harassment claim.
Should I Contact My Human Resources Department at Work?
Oftentimes, harassment claims could be sorted out with the company’s human resources department. However, in several cases, harassment claims are not adequately addressed by the human resources department, or the company may not have a human resources department, to begin with.
As a result, many employees feel as if they have nowhere to turn to. Our employment law attorneys are ready and able to take the next steps to protect you if the human resources department fails to stop workplace harassment. It is in your best interest to discuss your claim with our experienced workplace harassment attorneys.
What is Discriminatory Harassment?
There are several different types of harassment our employment law attorneys deal with. The different types of harassment can include:
- 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.
Our firm is one of the most experienced California and Nevada employment law firms. Contact us to arrange a consultation today. If you or a loved one has been a victim of harassment at the workplace, contact our California and Nevada harassment lawyers at Heidari Law Group today. We will go through your case during a free no risk consultation period during this consultation, we could determine what the potential next steps are.
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. Your report should never be held against you by your employer. Examples of retaliation include denying a promotion, demoting your position, or letting you go.
Harassment in the workplace is illegal and there are legal protections in place to help you. Our employment law attorneys will work to investigate your claim and build a case to help you receive compensation for your damages suffered. Our firm is one of the most experienced California and Nevada employment law firms. Contact us to arrange a consultation today.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of harassment at the workplace, contact our California and Nevada harassment lawyers at Heidari Law Group today. We will go through your case during a free no risk consultation period during this consultation, we could determine what the potential next steps are. We have offices located in every major city including Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Irvine, etc. Contact us today.
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