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Workplace Bullying

Workplace Harassment Lawyers in California
Workplace Bullying Attorney in Los Angeles

At Gallenberg PC, our Los Angeles, Burbank, and Beverly Hills workplace harassment attorneys know that bullying and abusive conduct have become prevalent in California, and both can manifest in multiple ways.

Workplace bullying is repeated, harmful mistreatment of employees using threatening, humiliating, or intimidating behavior that interferes with their work.

If you are suffering from abusive or demeaning treatment at work, our Los Angeles County employment law attorney may be able to help you pursue your employer for the outcome you deserve.

Contact us today to learn more. We do not charge prospective clients for a confidential telephone intake or online case review.

What is Considered Workplace Bullying in California?

California law prohibits both employers⁠ and employees⁠ from bullying any worker, employee, applicant, volunteer, independent contractor, or unpaid intern if that behavior is motivated by harassing a person who is included in a protected category outlined by the California Fair Employment Act (FEHA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The protected categories include:

  • Age (40 And Over)
  • Ancestry or National Origin
  • Gender Identity or Gender Expression
  • Genetic Information
  • Marital Status
  • Medical Condition
  • Mental or Physical Disability
  • Military or Veteran Status
  • Race or Color
  • Religion or Creed
  • Sex or Gender, including Pregnancy, Childbirth, Breastfeeding, or Related Medical Conditions
  • Sexual Orientation

California workplace bullying is described as repeated mistreatment in the workplace, including behavior or conduct that is:

  • Verbal Abuse.
  • Threatening, Humiliating, or Intimidating Workplace Behavior.
  • Work Interference / Sabotage of the Person’s Work Performance.

When considering the legal standard to pursue a claim, the critical question is whether a hostile work environment has been created by improper conduct that is severe, frequent, or both.⁠

Our skilled workplace harassment lawyer in Los Angeles County can help you understand your legal rights and options to pursue a claim against your employer when you have been subjected to a bullying, hostile, or abusive work environment.

Contact us today to learn more about your legal rights and options.

What Should I Do If I Am Being Bullied or Harassed At Work In California?
  • Immediately Contact A California Workplace Harassment Lawyer. A Los Angeles employment law lawyer at our office can assist you in explaining your options.
  • Report The Bullying and Harassment. Report the bullying or harassment to your supervisor or human resources representatives in writing and keep a copy. In the complaint describe the individuals who are bullying you and describe the bullying in detail, including whether the bullying is discriminatory. In some instances, the bullying should be reported to the police if there are threats of violence or other intimidating behavior. If the complaint describes harassment that is discriminatory, your employer is required to investigate it, and provide you the results of that investigation.
  • Create A Bullying/Harassment Log: Identify in a document every instance of harassment and bullying and what was said in chronological order.
  • Obtain Medical Attention for Emotional Distress. Getting bullies is stressful and can take an emotional toll, therefore, it important that you seek medical attention for that distress. In addition, records showing you went to see a doctor for emotional distress may help you obtain higher emotional distress damages should you pursue a lawsuit. If you are unable to go to see a doctor right away, at a minimum, write down how the harassment has affected you physically and emotionally.
  • Contact a Wrongful Termination Lawyer. If you are fired after making a complaint to your employer about harassment or bullying, this may be a wrongful termination. An employment lawyer at our office knowledgeable about illegal terminations in Los Angeles may be able to assist you.
What Compensation Can I Get If I Was Harassed At Work in California?

The legal basis for your workplace harassment claim, and the specific facts of your case, will allow our skilled employment law attorneys in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Beverly Hills to determine the overall damages you are entitled to from your employer.

Workplace Harassment damages may include:

  • Lost wages and benefits (if you had to take time away from work or were fired after the complaint was made)
  • Compensation for emotional distress, physical pain
  • Attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Punitive damages, which are designed to punish the employer for severe wrongdoing.
  • Civil penalties of up to $25,000 depending on whether the harassment involved the Ralph Act.
  • Triple damages depending on whether the conduct involved the Ralph Act.

Damages in each workplace harassment case against a California employer will vary based on the type of violation that occurred, how often it occurred, how outrageous it was, and whether the harassment was akin to a hate crime.

How Can the California Workplace Harassment Lawyer at Gallenberg PC Help?

At Gallenberg PC, our workplace harassment lawyer has offices in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Beverly Hills, so bullied employees have access to the legal representation they need to pursue results inside and outside the courtroom — no matter where they live or work in California.

Our primary goal is to make legal services accessible to everyone in California, regardless of a person’s ability to pay.

We understand that many individuals cannot afford to pay upfront hourly rates or retainers for an employment or labor attorney. That does not mean they should not have the legal ability to pursue justice after suffering from unlawful harassment or bullying in any California workplace.

Our hostile workplace environment attorney in Los Angeles, Burbank, and Beverly Hills takes all eligible cases on a contingency basis, which means if we do not win your case, you do not pay our legal fees.

Contact Gallenberg PC today to discuss your important employment law case with our skilled workplace harassment attorney in Los Angeles at (213) 986-8432, Burbank at (818) 237-5267, or Beverly Hills at (310) 295-1654 to schedule a free intake today.

If you prefer, complete a Free Online Case Review to have your claim screened by our experienced employment law attorney and we will contact you directly to discuss your case.