Harassment and Hostile Work Environment
Bluestone Law Represents Victims of Harassment in the Workplace
At Bluestone Law, we understand that workplace harassment is more than just a minor inconvenience—it is a severe problem that can cause debilitating physical and emotional damage to its victims. Our team of dedicated attorneys is here to help workers navigate the complex legal landscape surrounding harassment, particularly sexual harassment, and other forms of discrimination in the workplace. Our primary mission is to provide much-needed assistance to workers who find themselves struggling with these stressful and often traumatic experiences.
The Impact of Harassment on Victims
Workplace harassment, despite what some harassers may believe, is far from harmless. Research has shown that victims of harassment, especially sexual harassment, are at an increased risk of suffering from a range of negative physical and mental health outcomes. These can include post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and more.
Beyond the immediate effects on the victims, harassment can also have a more insidious impact on the workplace as a whole. It can create a hostile environment that not only demoralizes victims but also discourages them from asserting their rights. This hostile atmosphere can hinder employees’ ability to perform their job effectively and contribute to their overall sense of dissatisfaction and unease.
Sexual harassment is a pervasive issue that can affect anyone, regardless of their sex or gender. It most commonly involves male perpetrators and female victims, but the law is clear: the sex of the parties involved does not matter. Moreover, sexual harassment can come from anyone, whether it be a supervisor, co-worker, subordinate, or even a customer. In the realm of employment, there are two main types of sexual harassment recognized under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act:
- Quid Pro Quo Harassment: This type of harassment occurs when an employer makes sexual acts or favors a condition of employment, pay increases, promotions, or other benefits. These demands can be explicit or implied, but regardless of whether the employee accepts or rejects them, if they are unwanted, they are illegal. Retaliation that arises as a result of the employee rejecting these advances is also against the law.
- Hostile Workplace: Another form of sexual harassment is when conduct of a sexual nature becomes so severe and pervasive that it prevents an employee from performing their job. In these cases, it is not just the direct victims who are affected; third-party witnesses to the harassment can also find it difficult to work effectively. Even if they are not directly involved, they may still have legal recourse if the harassment is so severe that it interferes with their job performance.
Other Forms of Harassment in the Workplace
In addition to sexual harassment, there are other forms of harassment prohibited by both California and federal harassment laws. These include behaviors based on “illegal factors” such as offensive jokes, slurs, threats, intimidation, insults, and other offensive behavior. The list of illegal factors includes:
- Mental and Physical Disability
- Gender and Gender Expression
- Sexual Orientation
- National Origin and Ancestry
- Race and Color
- Medical Condition and Genetic Information
- Marital Status
If you or someone you know is a victim of workplace harassment or discrimination, we at Bluestone Law are here to help. Our team of experienced attorneys is committed to fighting for your rights, providing expert legal advice, and advocating for justice on your behalf. We have a proven track record of helping clients navigate the complexities of employment law and achieving favorable outcomes for those facing workplace harassment.
Don’t let harassment or discrimination go unaddressed. Contact Bluestone Law today for a free consultation, and let us help you regain your peace of mind and protect your rights as an employee. We are dedicated to ensuring that every worker has the support they need to thrive in a safe and respectful work environment.