We’ve All Heard The Term Hostile Work Environment, But What Is It?

July 20, 2018 Admin Hostile Work Environment

We work for different reasons. Of course, everyone needs to make a living, but money isn’t the only reason people work. For many, our jobs give us a sense of purpose and identity. Many people work because they believe in what they are doing, from police officers and firefighters, to those who keep the lights on and our plumbing moving.

At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we believe that everyone has the right to a work environment that is safe and free from physical and emotional harm. Unfortunately, sometimes people are forced to be in a hostile work environment that can be detrimental to their wellbeing. If you have been treated unfairly at work, you may need a hostile work environment attorney in Los Angeles. Our attorneys are ready to help.

What Is A Hostile Work Environment?

Bullying isn’t just something our children experience in school. It can happen in the workplace as well. Federal and state laws go to great lengths to prevent employers from discrimination when it comes to hiring and treatment of employees. When it comes to race, gender, marital status, religious affiliation, or disability, the laws offer many protections.

But that doesn’t mean unfair treatment has disappeared from the workplace through both words and actions. Just because a company hires someone with a disability or ensures that women are paid the same as men don’t mean that the employees will respond well to it.

“The only reason you got this job is because you’re in a wheelchair.”

“We’re paid the same, but how is that fair? You’re a woman and can get pregnant.”

“So, you get to pray five times a day. Can I get paid to take five moments of silence.”

Have you ever heard anything like that at work and been afraid to complain? Or maybe you did file a complaint but ended up being treated worse because of it.

Words and actions of fellow employees and bosses can lead to a hostile work environment that can be horrible to go to every day. But what is your recourse? Many people don’t have the option of leaving their jobs because they have to provide for their families.

LGBTQ Issues

Federal law doesn’t protect the hiring or employment practices of those in the LGBTQ community as well as it does other minorities and we recognize that is a problem. Nobody should be treated unfairly because of who they are attracted to or who they choose to marry.

If you experience discrimination in the workplace because of your sexual or gender identification, then we want to help you. In California, discrimination against those in the LGBTQ community in the workplace IS against the law.

What To Do

If being in a hostile work environment has forced you to leave a job or cause you emotional distress, you may need a hostile work environment attorney in Los Angeles. Contact us at Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers by clicking here or calling us at 310-527-6994. Nobody deserves to be uncomfortable or intimidated at work.

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