Employees in Los Angeles and Long Beach who work in hostile environments need to know that they have rights that must be protected when they choose to expose their employers' wrongdoings or testify against employers who are under investigation for committing workplace violations.
Last week on our Los Angeles / Long Beach employment law blog, we had mentioned that a Los Angeles Police Department officer had won his race harassment lawsuit that he had filed against the city for failing to protect his rights and for failing to put an end to harassment in the workplace when supervisors and other officials became aware of the environment the black officer was forced to work in.
A female police officer in California has recently chosen to file a lawsuit against the city and police department of Pleasant Hill for which she works, alleging she is a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace.
Employees in Los Angeles spend the majority of their days with their co-workers. It is no surprise that friendships and relationships develop in the workplace when employees spend so much time with each other.
Employees in Los Angeles have a right to work at a place that is free of sexual harassment. But regardless of laws in place to protect workers from sexual harassment, either by co-workers or clients, the physically and emotionally harmful offense still occurs in our country's workplaces.
Los Angeles and Long Beach workers are probably already well aware of their basic rights in the workplace when it comes to sexual harassment. Workers have a right to file a complaint with their employers when a supervisor, colleague or other employee says or does anything that is sexually inappropriate. Workers also have a right to take legal action when employers fail to properly handle harassment complaints.
To keep the workplace safe for employees, Los Angeles and Long Beach employers must create and maintain an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment. This involves addressing any complaints of colleagues or supervisors harassing workers. But maintaining a safe work environment also means protecting workers who are harassed by customers, clients, patients or other individuals while doing their jobs.