Employees expect to be able to go to work and do their job without being harassed. Unfortunately there are instances in which employers do not run a friendly workplace and the result is a hostile work environment. Many make the mistake of thinking there is nothing they can do about their situation or feel that they must “stay quiet” out of fear of losing their job. The truth of the matter is that California and the federal government have laws in place which protect workers from such conduct. Our Santa Ana employment attorneys protect those who are being subjected to various forms of workplace harassment. Call today to schedule an initial consultation. Our attorneys also service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Orange County hostile work environment lawyers protecting employees in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and the surrounding area
There are certain annoyances at work which people are simply required to deal with. These include another employee or supervisor being rude, obnoxious, as well as certain levels of office drama. Lines are crossed, and a workplace becomes hostile, when a worker is subjected to behavior and conduct which is prohibited under the law. Examples of such conduct include:
- Race discrimination in the workplace
- Gender discrimination
- Sexual harassment of an employee
- Harassing an employee due to sexual orientation
These acts may take the form of lewd acts and gestures, insulting someone on the basis of a protected characteristic, or treating an employee differently on a basis which is protected by law. Employees who find themselves subjected to such treatment have rights and may be entitled to compensation as well as payment of their attorney’s fees.
Many of the above described violations will fall within California’s Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA). The first step in such a case is to file an FEHA case with the appropriate state agency. The agency will attempt to resolve the situation and, if no resolution is reached, then the employee will be given the right to sue the employer. After the lawsuit is filed it will be necessary to gain evidence of the discriminatory or harassing conduct. Such evidence may include internal emails showing a bigoted attitude, records showing that one was passed over due to a protected characteristic, or witness statements corroborating what happened. The case will then proceed to trial and be decided by a jury. This can be a highly complicated process and it is important that you retain an attorney to help you.
Our Orange County lawyers stand up for the rights of employees facing a hostile work environment. We will use your initial consultation to determine if lines have been crossed and if a violation has occurred. We will then assist you in bringing a claim before the administrative agencies. Once you are given the right to sue then a lawsuit will quickly be filed on your behalf. Our firm will use discovery to gather needed evidence which may be presented at trial. Our attorneys will ensure that you are prepared for trial, will help you to understand what to expect from the process, and will aggressively present your case to the jury. We will focus on your case so that you may focus on getting your life back on track.
We service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Understanding attorneys for Santa Ana employees subjected to a hostile work environment
Life presents enough things for one to worry about. Whether or not you will be harassed at work should not be another cause for concern. Our attorneys realize that you may have been through a traumatic experience and we strive to provide an understanding viewpoint to your situation. We will try to make this process as seamless as possible. We will be in regular communication with you and make sure your questions are promptly answered. This is our promise in each and every case we handle.