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What qualifies as workplace harassment?

All California residents who are employed -- no matter their field of employment -- should be able to do their jobs in environments that are free from harassment. Unfortunately, workplace harassment is a very real thing and something that many people put up with every single day. Those who do may have the right to take legal action against those responsible for the harassment and those who failed to do anything about it.

What qualifies as workplace harassment? According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, harassment is any unwelcome physical or verbal behavior regarding one's race, sex, religion, age, disability or nationality -- among other things. The harassment has to be behavior that makes one's working environment abusive or hostile. A few examples of harassment in the workplace include:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Assault
  • Sharing of offensive pictures
  • Sharing of offensive jokes
  • Ridicule
  • Intimidation

When harassment is an issue, victims may be able to stop it by reporting it to their employers. Once such a report is filed, an employer has a duty to investigate and help stop it. If one's employer does nothing, he or she can be held responsible for allowing such behavior to continue.

California residents who believe that they are victims of workplace harassment may be entitled to seek compensation for any losses experienced, resulting from it. An experienced employment law attorney can review one's case and help one determine the best course of action. This kind of behavior will not stop unless victims speak up and take action. It is, understandably, difficult to do but may prove worthwhile in the end.

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