Workplace Harassment

Workplace Harassment

               Workplace harassment is illegal when it is based on an employee’s “protected characteristics”. Under California’s broad, employee friendly laws, “protected characteristics” are defined as:

Race,    Religious   Creed,   Color,   National  Origin,   Ancestry,   Physical  Disability,   Mental  Disability,   Medical  Condition,   Marital  Status,   Sex,   Age,   or   Sexual  Orientation

               If you have any of these “protected characteristics” it means you are a member of a protected class. If you belong to in a protected class and you believe you are a victim of harassment at work you should discover the many forms of workplace harassment that exist. Below we have listed some common forms of harassment at work.

Sexual Harassment

               If you have been forced or asked to have unwanted sex to get or keep a job you may have been a victim of sexual harassment at work. You, as a victim, are entitled to lost wages, other economic losses, emotional distress damages, interest, and attorney fees. Sometimes, if the company knew but did nothing, you may get punitive damages (damages to punish and make an example of the employer). Read more…

Disability Harassment

               You don’t have to put up with disability harassment at work. Many people do not realize that disabilities come in a variety of forms, and some types are not visible.  If you have a disability, it is important that you inform your employer of your work limitations. Disabilities like frequent migraines, depression, anxiety and other similar disabilities are especially important to document because they are not obvious to employers or human resources. Read more…

Employer Retaliation

California law prohibits employer retaliation at work when you complain about harassment or engage in protected activity under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). You have a right to resist or object to discrimination or harassment. It is unlawful “[f]or any employer … or person to discharge, expel, or otherwise discriminate against any person because the person has opposed any practices forbidden under this part or because the person has filed a complaint, testified, or assisted in any proceeding under this part.” Read more…

Wrongful Termination

               While many employees are terminated for reasons that are unfair, not all unfair terminations result in Wrongful Termination. A termination is only wrongful if it violates the law. Although you might believe your termination is wrongful, it must also be unlawful for us to help. If you have questions whether your termination was unlawful please call us. Typically, wrongful termination is a violation of FEHA occurring when an employer terminates someone based on a “protected characteristic”, in retaliation for opposing discrimination; or in retaliation for engaging in a protected activity. Read more…

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              Economic and emotional damages often happen when these laws are violated but you will often have less than a year after the harassment at work to make your claim because of any statute of limitations. It is important that you protect your case. Workplace harassmentdiscrimination, and retaliation should not force you to quit. Get help instead. We know how to fight against harassment at work. We won’t pressure you and we won’t tell your employer. Call Hogie & Campbell for a Free Consultation at (714) 508-6422.

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