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You deserve to feel comfortable and safe at work. Unfortunately, a hostile work environment can prevent you from feeling at ease.

California state laws and federal laws exist to guard against hostile work environments. If your employer isn’t obeying these laws, you may be able to take legal action accordingly.

Learn more by scheduling a consultation with a Newport Beach hostile work environment attorney at Azadian Law Group, PC. We’ll review your case and explain what your options are.

Signs of a Hostile Work Environment in Newport Beach, California

Victims of hostile work environments are often targeted based on certain traits or factors such as:

Signs of a hostile work environment include:

  • Sexual jokes or remarks
  • Racist jokes
  • Jokes about one’s age, disability, etc.
  • Requests for sexual favors or questions about one’s sexual history/preferences
  • Jokes about an employee’s gender

Some behaviors that may seem hostile don’t necessarily meet the criteria for a hostile work environment. For example, it may be unpleasant to work under a supervisor who micromanages employees, but being a micromanager isn’t against the law.

This isn’t meant to discourage you from taking legal action if you believe you may have a valid case. It’s meant to encourage you to review your concerns with a qualified Newport Beach hostile work environment lawyer to find out how you should proceed. If yours is a hostile work environment, you might be able to recover compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • The cost of counseling services
  • Lost wages and benefits
  • …and more

How a Newport Beach Hostile Work Environment Attorney Can Help

There are certain basic steps you should take right away if you suspect your work environment qualifies as hostile. They include the following:

  • Consulting your employee handbook to learn how to properly report the issue and filing a report accordingly.
  • Documenting the hostility by saving emails, voicemails, chat logs, and any other evidence that might strengthen your case. If you don’t have any direct evidence of an incident in which you were treated with hostility, at least write down the date, time, and description of the incident.
  • Identifying witnesses who may be able to corroborate your story. Along with coworkers, this may include clients and customers depending on the nature of your workspace.
  • Attempting to determine the negative consequences you’ve experienced as a result of a hostile work environment. For instance, perhaps attempting to do your job in a hostile work environment has been detrimental to your performance in a measurable way.

It’s certainly possible HR won’t remedy the issue when you file a complaint. However, reporting your concerns to HR can help you demonstrate that you attempted to resolve the matter through the “proper channels,”, which may have a positive impact on your case’s outcome.

After taking the above steps, strongly consider meeting with a Newport Beach hostile work environment attorney to discuss your case. Our experienced team at Azadian Law Group, PC, is on hand to help you pursue justice. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us at 949-662-5405

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