No small matter: Recognizing signs of workplace harassment

| Nov 19, 2017 | Employee Rights, Sexual Harassment |

You’ve been working at the same California location for a long time. Some days, you bound out of bed and can’t wait to get to the office to put your best foot forward toward a productive, successful workday. Other days, you wish you never had to show up for work again, at least in that particular place.

Reasons for your low morale may vary but if they include an uncomfortable situation that you believe may involve workplace harassment, you’ll definitely want to read the rest of this post and arm yourself with resources in case you decide to take action against it.

Calling a spade a spade: Identifying harassment in the workplace

There are many types of workplace harassment. You may experience one or more kinds of attack on separate occasions over a period of time or simultaneously. Either way, there’s nothing that can make going to work more miserable than encountering unfair treatment from co-workers or your employer. The following information may help you determine whether your situation meets the legal definition for harassment and also where to turn for support:

  • If someone is making you endure offensive treatment in order to protect your job security, you definitely have cause to reach out for workplace harassment support.
  • If you feel intimidated, degraded or discriminated against at work, you may want to take a step back and assess the situation to determine whether the problem is more than mere personality conflicts in the workplace.
  • Have you recently turned down several invitations from your boss to meet for drinks after work? Do you believe your decline has led to hostility in the workplace? This is a common sign of harassment.
  • If your employer has done more than invite you out for private gatherings, such as touch you in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable, you have cause to take immediate action by filing a formal complaint.
  • If your boss has threatened to fire you because you would not engage in sexual activity or you recently informed your boss that you are pregnant and were subsequently told your services are no longer needed, your situation would likely meet the requirements for harassment in the workplace.

It’s one thing to recognize the fact that someone is harassing you at work. It’s an entirely different ballgame to know where to turn for help and to muster up the courage to rectify the problem. After all, things often get a whole lot worse before they get better when someone blows the whistle on harassment in the workplace.

Other California workers who have gone through similar experiences in the past have been able to overcome their problems by relying on experienced employment law attorneys for help.


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