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Harassment can occur in many ways within the workplace. Under California law, not only are supervisors and employers individually responsible for harassment, so are individual nonsupervisory employees. If you’ve experienced any form of nonsexual workplace harassment, you may be eligible for compensation.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
At Rafii & Associates, P.C., we recognize that harassment is a stressful and upsetting experience for those who go through it. That’s why we dedicate ourselves to helping victims of harassment protect their legal rights. When you work with us to file your claim, you get a law firm that:
- Works to foster long-term relationships with our clients through 24/7 availability for the best possible representation.
- Has over 75 years of combined experience in employment law, including nonsexual harassment cases.
- Has successfully recovered more than $100 million for our clients.
While harassment can be a difficult situation, having the appropriate legal help can increase your chances of having a successful claim. Reach out to Rafii & Associates, P.C. to schedule your claim.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
To have a successful workplace harassment claim, you need to meet certain legally imposed deadlines. These statutes of limitations apply to both your initial complaint against the responsible parties and to filing a lawsuit after receiving your “right to sue” notice. Since missing these deadlines can mean denial of your claim, working with an experienced workplace harassment attorney can help you correctly file within these tight timelines. An attorney can also help you assess your claim, determine your rightful compensation, and help you stand on equal ground against your employer in a legal battle.
Nonsexual Harassment Laws in California
California has strict laws against sexual harassment in the workplace, but those actions aren’t the only ones that count as harassment. Any negative, offensive, or bullying actions are forms of state harassment by state laws. Some common forms of nonsexual harassment include:
- Making offensive negative comments about an employee.
- Making offensive gestures.
- Making negative comments or remarks about an employee’s mental or physical disability, race, age, sexuality, religion, and other protected characteristics.
- Wearing offensive clothing.
- Using racial slurs and phrases to discriminate against employees.
These actions can serve as grounds for a nonsexual workplace harassment case and can even contribute to a hostile workplace environment.
Filing a Harassment Claim
Upon experiencing harassment, you should first report the activity to a superior or the human resources department. This can help in the process of filing a complaint and, if necessary, pursuing a lawsuit against the liable parties. Before you can file a lawsuit, you will first need to file a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. If it does not choose to pursue the case or does not handle it to your satisfaction, you can file a civil lawsuit upon receiving the “right to sue” notice.
Damages You Can Recover
As a victim of workplace harassment, you may have experienced different circumstances that will impact what damages you can potentially recover. Primarily, you will be able to recover damages for the stress and mental pain and suffering you experienced because of the harassment. If your case also involves physical harm, you will be able to recover damages for any medical bills related to the harassment. As workplace harassment is a violation of California law, the court may also reward punitive damages to discourage further harassment in the future.
Reach Out To Rafii & Associates, P.C. For Your Harassment Claim
Contact Rafii & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation of your workplace harassment case.
The first step in a successful workplace harassment claim is to gain the assistance of a skilled attorney. At Rafii & Associates, P.C., we are fully ready to help you protect your rights. Schedule a consultation for a free case evaluation to determine your best next legal steps.