Intolerable Work Conditions, Harassment And Wrongful Termination

The term "hostile work environment" is often used and sometimes misunderstood. The most common application of "hostile work environment" is when workplace harassment unreasonably interferes with an individual's ability to work or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working environment.

A hostile work environment does not, by itself, create liability on the part of an employer. The concept is similar to the crossover between "at-will" employment and wrongful termination. The key is whether the hostile work environment is caused by a protected factor or characteristic, such as gender, race, sex, disability, etc.

Conditions that may create a hostile work environment in California, include:

Hostile work environment cases and "quid pro quo" sexual harassment cases are sometimes viewed as the two main forms of harassment. An economic "quid pro quo" situation occurs when an employee is forced to submit to sexual conduct in exchange for the grant or denial of job benefits, such as being hired or fired, or receiving a favorable performance review or promotion. Both types of conduct are illegal and will support a legal claim or lawsuit against the employer for damages. Damages can include lost income, emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney's fees and costs.

Most hostile work enviroment cases filed in California are brought under the state's Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA), Government Code § 12900 et seq.

The Rutten Law Firm, APC represents victims of hostile work environments and harassment throughout Los Angeles and California.

Contact us toll free at 818-308-5945. Our experienced lawyers are committed to helping employees protect their rights under state and federal employment laws. We have a strong track records of success in favorably resolving employment law cases. You should not have to put up with a hostile work environment to protect your future employment, wages, or your physical and/or emotional health.

If we are interested in your case, an experienced attorney will provide a free initial consultation. All cases are handled on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay nothing unless and until you win. We have a very high success rate.