If you are subject to any type of harassment while on the job, it is generally a good idea to report it to your employer. The same is typically true if you witness another person harassing a colleague or anyone else affiliated with your company. Let’s take a look at some common examples of behavior that could make a California organization a hostile one to work for.
Sexual harassment can happen to anyone
Sexual harassment might involve receiving an email or a video that contains nudity or other offensive content. It may also involve unwanted flirting or other types of attention that make you uncomfortable. For instance, a manager or colleague might make comments about your clothing or body in general. Finally, you might be a victim of sexual harassment if someone touches you without permission.
Other actions could be considered inappropriate as well
Let’s say a colleague used a racial slur to describe you or a family member. In such a scenario, you would likely be a victim of racial discrimination in the workplace. If that same colleague made a derogatory remark about your religion, it may be possible to pursue a claim of religious discrimination. In most cases, you must attempt to work with your employer to remedy an issue before filing a harassment claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
An attorney may assist with the process of filing a sexual harassment claim against your employer. Legal counsel may also represent your interests in any other type of workplace abuse claim. If successful, you may be entitled to financial compensation or other forms of relief such as reinstatement to your former position. This is generally true whether the case is resolved through a settlement or in court.