Both California and Federal employment laws offer employees a slew of protections, plus require HR departments to adhere to certain guidelines. Over the past seven-plus years, President Obama has done what all prior presidents have done, and what all future presidents will do: He has appointed people to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and other agencies that share his vision. These appointments have a trickle-down effect, because the leaders hire people who share their vision as well: to protect employees from illegal workplace harassment.
Many people have challenging jobs and feel certain pressures due to work. However, if that pressure increases to the point that you are suffering from physical or emotional ailments such as anxiety, depression, alcoholism or other adverse reactions, then you are likely being subjected to much more than just typical job-related challenges.
Do you think you may be a victim of a hostile work environment? If so, your employer could be violating federal and California employment laws for subjecting you to illegal workplace harassment. But taking legal action on these harassing behaviors can get a little tricky. This is because workers who claim hostile working conditions may not know that this type of harassment is illegal only if it is based on a protected characteristic (race, age, national origin, sex, religion, disability and so on) of the employee. In a hostile work environment, harassment must also meet a certain level of severity, that is, it must be either "severe" or "pervasive." This means that only a small number of workplace hostility claims actually satisfy the legal definition of workplace discrimination and harassment. So how do you know when your employer is truly violating the law?
Are you suffering from a hostile work environment at work? If so, your employer could be violating both federal and California workplace harassment laws. In California, harassment based upon a protected category in the workplace is unlawful under a slew of federal laws, as well as the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. While California's anti-harassment laws are also among the most favorable towards employees in the entire nation, you may still have specific questions about harassment and bullying in the workplace.
Do you think you are a victim of workplace harassment? If so, your employer may be violating both California and federal law. Harassment based upon a protected category in the workplace is a form of employment discrimination and is unlawful under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA), and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act. In addition to these laws, anti-harassment laws of California are among the most favorable towards employees in the entire nation. But what constitutes harassment in the workplace, and when should you contact a workplace harassment attorney for help?