The Los Angeles employment law attorney at the Leichter Law Firm, APC, Aryeh Leichter, knows that the frequency and severity of California workplace harassment can vary, and no specific number of incidents must occur before pursuing legal action.
Instead, the legal standards for workplace harassment cases focus on multiple factors.
The Severity of the Harassment
Harassment can be actionable if it is severe or pervasive. A single severe incident of harassment, such as physical assault or a highly offensive racial slur, may be sufficient to establish a legal claim.
Conversely, a pattern of less severe incidents can create a hostile work environment over time.
Even if individual incidents of harassment are not extremely severe, they can still form the basis for a legal claim if they are pervasive or consistent. A series of less severe incidents, if frequent enough, can create a hostile work environment that violates anti-discrimination laws.
The Impact on the Employee’s Ability to Perform Their Job
To seek a legal remedy, the harassment must have a tangible effect on the victim’s employment, such as causing emotional distress, interfering with their ability to perform their job, or resulting in adverse employment actions like termination or demotion.
Harassment Based on Protected Characteristics
Harassment based on an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or other protected characteristics is generally prohibited under state and federal anti-discrimination laws.
Timely Reporting Can Make a Difference in Your Legal Claim
Individuals who experience workplace harassment should report the conduct to their employer or HR department promptly. Timely reporting can be critical in ensuring the employer is aware of the issue and can take corrective action.
Employers are legally obligated to investigate and address workplace harassment complaints promptly and effectively. If an employer fails to take appropriate action, they may be liable for the harassment.
Are You Suffering from Harassment in the California Workplace?
If you are being harassed because of a protected characteristic or being sexually harassed in any way, contact Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder, and employment law attorney in Los Angeles County today to discuss the legal remedies that may be available for your unique workplace circumstances today, starting with a free consultation by calling (818)-915-6624 or contacting the firm online.