You Don’t Need To Tolerate A Hostile Work Environment
The term “hostile work environment” is often used — and often 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.
At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, our experienced employment law attorneys represent victims of hostile work environments and harassment throughout Woodland Hills and California. Our dedicated lawyers are committed to helping employees like you protect your rights under state and federal employment laws. You should not have to put up with a hostile work environment to protect your future employment, your wages or your physical and/or emotional health.
Are You The Victim Of A Hostile Work 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:
- Sexual harassment from co-workers, supervisors, contractors or customers
- Acts or remarks that are discriminatory regarding age, race and ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or disability
- Actions from a supervisor that are designed to make you quit in retaliation for your actions such as whistleblower claims
- Hostility from co-workers or supervisors that threatens your physical safety
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 that can include lost income, emotional distress, punitive damages, attorney’s fees and costs.
We Stand Strong Against Hostile Work Environments
At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, we have a strong track record of success in favorably resolving employment law cases for our clients. We are passionate about our clients’ rights and provide personalized attention that’s focused on your needs. We also care about results and maximizing value for our clients — plus, we’re not hesitant to go after the big companies.
Contact us online or call 818-308-5945 today to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced attorney. 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.