We Handle the Full Range of Workplace Harassment Cases in Southern California
At Fisher & Talwar, our Los Angeles business harassment lawyers are experienced, effective advocates for our clients. With a deep understanding of the state and federal employment laws that govern harassment claims, our legal team represents employers and individual employees. If you have any questions about workplace harassment claims, we can help. To arrange your strictly confidential initial consultation with an experienced California business & employment attorney, please call our Los Angeles office or send us a message directly online.
An Overview Of State and Federal Workplace Harassment Laws In California
Employees are entitled to certain legal protections under state and federal regulations. Some of these laws protect workers against discrimination, including harassment, that is based on protected characteristics. The most important anti-workplace harassment laws that protect employees in the Los Angeles area include:
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA);
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964;
- Pregnancy Discrimination Act;
- Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA); and
- The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Taken together, these laws prohibit both sexual harassment and certain forms of non-sexual harassment. Indeed, an employee who endures harassment based on another protected characteristic, such as race, national origin, age, or disability status may be entitled to compensation through an employment law claim.
How Is Workplace Harassment Defined In California?
Harassment on the job can come in a wide range of different forms. It can include everything from openly hostile and threatening comments to offensive “jokes” that are inappropriate for the workplace. In general, allegations of unlawful harassment in the workplace fit into one of the following two categories:
- Quid Pro Quo Harassment: Most often an issue in sexual harassment cases, quid pro quo harassment occurs when an employee gives up something (sexual favors) in exchange for a benefit or to avoid punishment. Quid pro quo harassment is prohibited under FEHA and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. An employer can be held liable for quid pro quo harassment committed by a manager/supervisor.
- Hostile Work Environment Harassment: Hostile work environment harassment occurs when an employee is subject to a workplace that a reasonable person would find “intimidating, offensive, or otherwise unwelcoming” based on a protected characteristic. An employee can bring a hostile work environment for sexual harassment, racial harassment, or other types of harassment. To be deemed unlawful harassment on the basis of a hostile work environment, the offending behavior in question must be “severe or pervasive.”
Know the Law: Harassment Is A Form Of Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is clear: “Harassment is a form of employment discrimination.” It is unwelcome conduct based on a protected characteristic. The EEOC explains the harassment becomes unlawful when it is:
- A condition of continued employment; and
- Severe or pervasive enough to create an unwelcoming workplace.
These are always highly fact-intensive cases—the specific workplace environment matters. With deep knowledge of workplace discrimination laws, our Los Angeles, CA business law attorneys are well-qualified to represent both employers and employees in harassment claims.
How Our Los Angeles Business Harassment Attorneys Can Help
Employment harassment cases are complicated. Any allegations of unlawful harassment in the workplace should always be taken seriously. At Fisher & Talwar, we are here to protect your best interests—no matter the circumstances of your case. When you call our Los Angeles law office, you will have an opportunity to speak to a California business harassment lawyer who can:
- Conduct a comprehensive, detail-focused initial consultation;
- Investigate the workplace harassment case, gathering information and evidence;
- Represent you or your business in any settlement negotiations; and
- Build a proactive legal strategy designed to achieve the best possible outcome.
With a long record of successful results in business & employment law matters, we know that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to workplace harassment cases. You can rely on our Los Angeles, CA employment harassment attorneys to put forward the time and resources necessary to help you find the best solution.
Call Our Los Angeles Workplace Harassment Lawyers For Immediate Legal Help
At Fisher & Talwar, our California business & employment lawyers have deep experience handling workplace harassment claims. Whether you are an employee who endured unlawful harassment in the workplace or your company is facing a claim, we can help. Contact us today to set up your confidential initial appointment with an employment lawyer. With an office location in Los Angeles, we represent businesses and employees throughout Southern California, including in Anaheim, Pasadena, Torrance, Long Beach, Compton, Downey, Alhambra, and West Covina.