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Hostile Work Environment

California Hostile Work Environment Lawyers

Harassment & Discrimination Claims

We handle many hostile work environment cases. Hostile work environments can exist when there is discrimination and/or harassment on the basis of an employee’s sex, religion, race, ethnicity, sexual preference, disability, and more. Strauss & Strauss, APC has been handling hostile work environment cases for over ten years.


Learn more about California hostile work environment law in our frequently asked question (FAQ) section, and call (805) 303-8115 to ask questions about your specific case during a free consultation.


What Qualifies as a Hostile Work Environment?

Examples of hostile work environment cases include:

  • Sexually hostile work environment: Employer played pornographic videos at work and forced employees to watch.
  • Sexually hostile work environment: Supervisor exposed himself to employee on a regular basis despite employee’s complaints to management.
  • Racially hostile work environment: Coworkers used racial epithets when talking to African-American employee and made racially insensitive jokes on a regular basis.
  • Sexually hostile work environment: Office worker in medical office subjected to sexually suggestive behavior and comments from coworkers and male boss, including rubbing himself on worker on numerous occasions.
  • Sexually hostile work environment: Employer forced employee to drink on the job in order to loosen her up, visit him at his house after work, submit to touching on legs, and more.

Commonly Asked Questions

What steps should I take if I am experiencing a hostile work environment?

If you're facing a hostile work environment, it's important to document the incidents meticulously, including dates, times, and details of the behavior. Report the conduct to your employer or HR department following company procedures. If the situation does not improve, or if you face retaliation, consider seeking legal counsel. Firms like Strauss & Strauss, APC offer free consultations to discuss your situation and advise on the best course of action.

Can I file a hostile work environment claim for a single incident?

Typically, a hostile work environment claim requires a pattern of discriminatory or harassing behavior that is severe or pervasive. However, a single incident may be actionable if it is extremely severe, such as an assault or a threat of violence. It's crucial to consult with a legal professional to assess the specifics of your situation and determine if you have grounds for a claim based on a single incident.

How can Strauss & Strauss, APC assist with my hostile work environment claim?

Strauss & Strauss, APC has over a decade of experience in handling claims related to hostile work environments. Our approach involves a thorough understanding of California law and a commitment to advocating for the rights of employees who have been subjected to harassment or discrimination at work. We provide personalized attention to each case, ensuring that your concerns are heard and that you receive the legal guidance necessary to navigate your claim effectively.

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