Los Angeles Hostile Work Environment Attorney
What Is a Hostile Work Environment?
One of the most damaging and pervasive forms of harassment is that of the hostile work environment. Hostile work environments come in many in different forms and there is no one way of determining whether a toxic work environment rises to the level of a claim under federal or state law. In fact, the United States Supreme Court has ruled that hostile work environment harassment is another form of discrimination.
Nonetheless, in order to be successful on a hostile work environment claim, the harassment from the work environment must be based on a protected characteristic or activity. These include:
However, in order to hold your employer liable because of a hostile work environment, you must be able to show that the conduct is indicative of an ongoing severe or pervasive pattern of harassment. This means that a single incident is not enough to show that you are a victim of a hostile work environment.
Some examples of conduct that rises to the level of a hostile work environment include:
- Sexual advances that are unwanted
- Verbal or physical assaults
- Presenting you with lewd or offensive pictures
- Interfering with your ability to work effectively
- Making comments about your age
- Making rude or offensive comments about your religion
What Should I Do If I Am In A Hostile Work Environment?
Here at Miracle Mile Law Group we understand how important your job is to you. We understand that when you are in a hostile work environment, you do not want certain facts to go out into the public when filing a lawsuit. We keep your information completely confidential and can submit a protective order so that your information does not get out if we need to.
Before filing a lawsuit, however, you should make a detailed record of every instance in which you believe your employer is fostering a hostile work environment. For example, it is helpful to your case if you start a log of the date of the incident in which the conduct occurred, a detailed explanation of the conduct (such as what was said or done), and a list of who was there (witnesses).
Another smart thing to do is to notify the Human Resources department at your company of the behavior. This makes it less likely that your employer will deny the behavior you claim during litigation.
How Am I Supposed To Know If My Work Environment Is Hostile Enough To File a Lawsuit?
It is not unusual for many superiors to be rude or unpleasant to their employees. Often times, their conduct does not rise to the level of a lawsuit. But if you start to notice a pattern of conduct that is focused on a specific group of people, then you may find that it is time to talk to a lawyer.
The following list, while not exhaustive, illustrates what types of hostile work environments may lead to a viable claim:
- You have a boss that overly rude and abusive through the comments he constantly makes. However, you begin to realize that these comments are almost always made to women, while men are rarely ever reprimanded
- Your employer shows the females in your office pictures of male genitalia
- You notice that your boss is quite mean towards people in your office, often making derogatory comments. However, these comments are directed to people of a certain religion.
Talk to a Los Angeles Hostile Environment Harassment Lawyer today. We offer free consultations and you pay nothing unless we win.
The lawyers at Miracle Mile Law Group are specially trained in handling hostile environment harassment lawsuits. If you believe you have been or currently are a victim of a hostile environment, contact a Los Angeles hostile environment attorney today. Having a lawyer by your side when trying to prove that you are working in a hostile environment is essential. The lawyers here at Miracle Mile Law Group are trained at identifying what to look for when going up against your employer. These cases are very time sensitive so give us a call at (888) 244-0706 or contact us online for a FREE case evaluation. Remember, we do not take a single dollar unless WE WIN!
Miracle Mile Law Group
3460 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 1210
Los Angeles CA 90010
Tel: (888) 244-0706