Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Harassment and Hostile Work Environment

Termechi Employment Law Represents Victims of Harassment in the Workplace

Although harassers and others may see some harassment at work as harmless, it can cause overwhelming damage to victims. Studies link harassment—particularly sexual harassment—to post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, anxiety, insomnia as well as many more harmful reactions. This harassing behavior can even cause a hostile workplace that demoralizes victims and discourages them from asserting themselves. Our Los Angeles hostile work environment lawyers want to help workers who find themselves dealing with this stressful situation.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment most commonly involves male perpetrators and female victims, but under the law the sex of the parties involved does not matter. Additionally, it can come not only from a boss or supervisor, but from co-workers, subordinates, or even customers. Sex discrimination can occur in any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, promotion, wages, and benefits.

Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, there are two types of sexual harassment:

  • Quid Pro Quo Harassment: When an employer makes sexual acts or favors a condition of employment, pay increases, promotions, or other benefits, courts refer to this as “quid pro quo” sexual harassment. Whether or not the employee accepts or rejects these demands, if the demands are unwanted then they are illegal. Any retaliation that occurs as a consequence of the employee rejecting these advances is also illegal.
  • Hostile Workplace: Separately, some forms of sexual harassment become illegal because they create a hostile work environment. This occurs when behavior and conduct of a sexual nature is so severe and pervasive that an employee is prevented from performing their job. Hostile work environment cases are not limited to direct victims of this harassment in the workplace. They may also involve third-party witnesses to the harassment, for whom the harassment is so severe that it prevents them from effectively doing their job even though they are not directly involved.

Other Forms of Harassment in the Workplace

Offensive jokes, slurs, threats, intimidation, insults, and other offensive behavior based on an illegal factor, are prohibited by California and federal harassment laws.  “Illegal factors” include:

  • Age
  • Mental and Physical Disability
  • Gender and Gender Expression
  • Sexual Orientation
  • National Origin and Ancestry
  • Pregnancy
  • Race and Color
  • Religion
  • Medical Condition and Genetic Information
  • Marital Status

Why Choose Termechi Employment Law ?

  • Absolutely no out out-of-pocket fees. We strive to make legal representation available to all workers in California by offering it on a contingency fee basis.
  • We have successfully litigated numerous multimillion-dollar lawsuits. We have genuine case results.
  • The Los Angeles employment attorneys at Termechi Employment Law have years of experience specializing in labor and employment law.
  • We are not a “mill” law firm: Unlike what you may find at larger mill firms, you will speak directly with Mr. Termechi, the lawyer in charge of your case.

Put a Stop to Harassment. Call our Beverly Hills Harassment Lawyers for a Free Consultation.

We can help you evaluate your options and advise you on how to pursue the maximum possible relief. Contact our office in Los Angeles at (310) 974-3324 or send us an email to speak with one of our experienced Los Angeles harassment lawyers.

You have rights as a worker, and we will uphold them. There is no risk to meet with us. We get paid only if we win your claim.


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