Workplace disturbances that upset workers, detriment their ability to perform duties or threaten their well-being constitute hostile environments. Employees are under no obligation to accept continuous hostility, though many feel their standard of living will suffer absent from their current position. Those who’ve been exposed to unwarranted hostile actions, whether from another employee or employer directly, may be entitled to compensation.
JML Law provides exceptional legal counsel to those seeking an experienced Los Angeles hostile work environment attorney. Certain legal conditions must be met before claims can be successfully litigated, although many aggrieved employees suffering depression and other conditions due to hostile workplaces may have a prima facie case established based on sufferance alone.
Natural disturbances – loudly popping bubble gum, makes loud gestures when excited or talking violently with one’s hands – may constitute an ‘annoyance’, but would fail in court. However, if these gestures crossed into protected classes, such as making loud racial slurs or circulating sexually explicit photos of other coworkers, and actionable case of workplace hostility is born.
Anything which violates Civil Rights Act, EEOC regulations or federally protected persons could turn an otherwise peaceful workplace into pandemonium, meriting JML Law’s involvement should those persons feel obligated to bring claims to us.
Prior to bringing claims to our attention, keep in mind questions JML Law’s team may ask:
Employers normally act vigilantly in ending hostile workplaces, although a growing number either choose to allow these acts or simply don’t care what happens. It’s worth noting employers both in private and public sectors are bound by EEOC laws when employee base exceeds 15, or 20 if the issues are age-related.
There are many different types of behaviors and mistreatment that can create for a hostile work environment and potentially give a victim justification to take legal action. It would be impossible to cover all of them in a single brief guide.
If you believe yours has become a hostile work environment, but you are not certain this is the case, it may be ideal to review the circumstances with the experts at a Los Angeles hostile work environment law firm. Our team will review your case, answer any questions you may have on the topic, and let you know if you have grounds to file a claim or lawsuit. We will also provide you with effective representation if you decide to hire us.
That said, learning of some actions, policies, behaviors, and attitudes that can qualify as examples of actionable hostility can provide you with a somewhat better understanding of what is and is not acceptable in the workplace. Examples include:
Again, by enlisting the help of a Los Angeles hostile work environment attorney, you can prevent these types of behaviors from continuing.
That said, if you are still working for the company, report your concerns to HR first. This is not because you should be confident HR will remedy the situation. While they hopefully will assist you, even if they don’t, when filing a claim or lawsuit against your employer later, during the legal proceedings that may result, it can be helpful if you’re able to cite a report indicating you went through the proper channels initially.
Unfriendly workplaces benefit no one. Blue collar or professional workers subjected to constant strife develop depression, stress-related health problems and find themselves choosing sanity overpaying their mortgage. Berating bosses, groups of employees constantly creating chaos, you name it – JML Law has taken cases where once normal professionals turned into unstable time bombs because employers turned their backs to workplace hostility.
If pervasive acts of discrimination have forced workers into making hard choices, let JML Law’s skilled Los Angeles hostile work environment attorney handle your claim. We offer no-charge case evaluations to better acclimated ourselves with your situation and will expound whatever resource is necessary to bring those creating civil injustices at work to justice both punitively, and financially.
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