What is a Hostile Work Environment in California?

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In most cases being rude is not against the law. However, if someone directs their hostility only toward a person or group because of their inclusion in a protected class, that sort of behavior may create a hostile work environment. In some cases, it may even be unlawful. For more information on what constitutes a hostile work environment in California, please continue reading, then contact an experienced Los Angeles hostile work environment defense attorney today.

What constitutes a hostile work environment in California?

In its simplest form, a hostile work environment is produced when an employer or employee harasses or persistently engages in unwelcome conduct toward an employee because of that employee’s protected characteristic, such as gender, race, sexual orientation, age, or otherwise. To have a valid hostile work environment claim, however, the employee is required to prove that the behavior impacted their job performance and created an intimidating or offensive work environment.

How do you defend against a hostile work environment claim in CA?

When an employee brings a hostile work environment claim against their employer, you can expect they will introduce at least one form of “evidence,” such as emails, written/recorded statements, and more. That said, the most important thing you can do to protect your business from unfair or untrue allegations is to hire a seasoned employment attorney at once. In many cases, hostile work environment claims are squashed almost immediately due to the fact that often, employees fail to give their employers a chance to remedy the issue before bringing a claim against them (which they are legally required to do). Our firm can assess your situation and use a wide range of tactics to disprove any claim made against your business and to minimize the impact such allegations may have.


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