When it comes to working in an office environment, it should be safe to assume everyone will be as professional as possible. After all, we are not children, we are adults. We should know how to handle our grievances as such. The childish and juvenile things we did as kids and teens should not follow us later in life, especially in the workplace. But unfortunately, some offices do not function well, and the immature — and borderline illegal — behavior that goes on can make it difficult for some people to be productive. One of the worst scenarios for an adult to deal with is working in a hostile work environment. It is uncomfortable and in some cases a threat to your safety. No one should have to deal with that, and that is why The Rager Law Firm handles so many hostile work environment cases in Los Angeles.
A hostile work environment occurs when harassment has reached a level where:
A) The person(s) enduring it feels as it has now become a condition of continued employment i.e. it is normal or acceptable behavior or B) The behavior is so pervasive or severe that the target(s) feels intimidated.
Contrary to popular belief, having a bad boss or annoying co-worker does not necessarily constitute a hostile work environment. In order For the workplace to be considered hostile, there have to be certain legal criteria fulfilled. This would mean the actions or behavior discriminate against a certain class of people based on age, race, gender, or religion among others.
The communication or behavior has to persist for a period of time, not just an offensive or off-color comment made by a staff member. All incidents should be reported to Human Resources promptly so there is a record. The problem becomes significant if it occurs over a period of time and is not addressed by the organization itself. The hostile behavior must be severe. It has to hinder the employee’s ability to do their job.
It is assumed the employer knew about the behavior and did not address it. In this case, the employer can be held liable for creating a hostile work environment.
The first thing to do in dealing with a hostile work environment is to tell the employee exhibiting the behavior to stop. It is best to get human resources involved, as they can serve as a witness to your displeasure of the behavior. In severe cases, and if you have enough cause, obtaining a hostile work environment attorney in Los Angeles may be your only solution.
Hostile work environment claims typically become very complex. Any person who has experienced a hostile work environment in or around the Los Angeles area needs to work with a skilled attorney who can stand by their side throughout the entire process. An attorney will be your advocate, the person who will help you understand what is going on every step of the way.
An attorney with experience handling these cases will be able to use their resources to:
The full process of investigating these claims, determining liability, and potentially taking a hostile work environment case to trial is very costly and time-consuming. Unfortunately, most individuals who have experienced a hostile work environment do not have the resources necessary to stand up to their employer. A skilled Los Angeles hostile work environment attorney will level the playing field on your behalf.
It can be challenging to understand how long you have to file a hostile work environment claim in Los Angeles. That is because there are various deadlines in place depending on the exact cause of the hostile work environment. We strongly suggest that you contact one of our attorneys as soon as possible so we can help determine the deadlines in place for your particular situation.
The Rager Law Firm has handled numerous hostile work environment cases and we have yielded excellent results for our clients. Give us a call today if you find yourself in a similar situation. Our attorneys are some of the best hostile work employment attorneys in Los Angeles, and we will be more than willing to consult you so you know what steps we need to take to get you the compensation you deserve.
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