When an employee experiences harassment or other types of mistreatment in the workplace, he or she may feel hurt, embarrassed, overwhelmed, and unsure of what to do next. If you believe that you are a victim of illegal behavior that is harassing or demeaning, you have the right to take legal steps to protect yourself and your interests.
Both California laws and federal laws prohibit harassment in the workplace, but sadly, it still occurs. Victims of harassment often do not speak out due to fear of negative repercussions or retaliation. But you do not have to stand for this type of treatment. If you are a victim of illegal harassment, you may have grounds to seek compensation through a civil claim.
Common types of harassment
Harassment includes various types of behavior, but it often includes behaviors that are aggressive, demeaning, physically harmful, or emotionally damaging. Types of harassment prohibited by law include harassment based on:
- Religious practices
- Sexual preference
- National origin
These are just a few of the reasons that employees experience harassment and other types of illegal behavior at work. One of the most common types of harassment is sexual in nature, and both men and women can experience this.
Eligibility for a civil claim
In certain circumstances, offensive behaviors in the workplace could be grounds for a civil claim. If you believe that you may have grounds for a civil claim, you should take time to understand your rights and the steps you need to take to hold liable parties accountable.
A lawsuit may be possible if what you experienced is unacceptable according to reasonable standards, including racial slurs, unwanted physical contact, threats or ridicule. These behaviors are not only rude and demeaning, they can cause serious emotional and mental trauma and make it difficult for you to go to work and perform your job duties.
The rights of harassment victims
If you are a victim of any type of harassment at work, you do not have to simply take it. You have the right to stand up and seek an end to this type of mistreatment. While you may feel hopeless, you have the right to demand compensation from liable parties, including your employer, manager, and others.
Every case is unique, and if you are a victim of workplace harassment, seek the advice of an experienced employment lawyer. You may be able to get compensation and justice for the wrongs done to you.