Los Angeles Hostile Environment Lawyer
Sometimes a sexual harassment claim concerns a hostile environment where abusive sexual or gender biased comments are being made. Sometimes the hostile environment may concern conduct that is sexually suggestive, explicit or gender-biased. Other hostile environment claims may be based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age or sexual orientation. A hostile environment claim may exist even if some of the hostility is directed at other workers.
The use of racial or ethnic slurs, distributing racially offensive materials or emails, or singling out someone on account of their race, ethnicity or national origin are all examples of illegal hostile work environment harassment. An employee may also be able to establish a hostile work environment based on the employer’s attempts to force employees to follow certain religious beliefs. Hostile work environment claims have also been recognized based on disability and age discrimination. The same standards governing sexual harassment claims govern such claims. Under California law, an employer is strictly liable for workplace harassment by a supervisor. Someone with the power to direct the employee’s daily work activities is a “supervisor” under California law.
If you are a job applicant or employee and believe you are the victim of harassment, you should consult with a a San Fernando Valley employee rights attorney. Our office handles a wide variety of harassment cases. For a free consultation to know your employee rights, just call us at 818.788.1123 or send us an e-mail. After a brief initial intake, an attorney will consult with you right away. If we represent you, an experienced Los Angeles hostile environment lawyer will guide your case and be available to consult with you at all times.