When your work environment becomes unbearable and you face discrimination or harassment, you have every right to file a complaint. What you are dealing with is, under federal and California state law, considered a hostile work environment - but what exactly does this mean? How does your work environment classify as hostile?
The EEOC outlines conditions that define a hostile working environment. This involves either pervasive and/or severe conduct and actions that make your work environment feel hostile, intimidating or abusive. For example, if your manager assigns you a derogatory nickname based on race, gender, gender identity, sexuality, religion, or other personal factor and continues to use that nickname on a daily basis, you are in a hostile work environment created by pervasive conduct.