Is a “Hostile Work Environment” Illegal in California?

Understanding Your Rights While at Work

If you are an employee, you are entitled to certain protections. You should not have to work in an environment where you are harassed or discriminated against. In fact, it is against the law for the harassment to be so pervasive that it creates a “hostile work environment.” If you are being harassed at work, you need to speak to an attorney.

At Levin & Nalbandyan, we represent individuals who have been harassed while at work in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Our lawyers can help you understand your rights and help determine whether the harassment created a “hostile work environment” in violation of California law. If you have been continually harassed while working, contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free consultation. 

What Is a Hostile Work Environment?

A hostile work environment is when inappropriate conduct, such as harassment, is so severe or pervasive that it creates an abusive workplace. It is illegal under the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). Harassment, under this law, is not limited to sexual harassment. It can be any form of harassment, misconduct, behavior, or abuse that is inappropriate.

Common forms of harassment that may create a hostile work environment:

  • Sexual harassment, including unwanted sexual advances
  • Bullying, ridiculing, or name-calling
  • Demeaning jokes, comments, or gestures
  • Religious harassment
  • Disability harassment
  • Harassment based on race or ethnicity
  • Lewd conduct 
  • Discrimination

If a coworker, supervisor, or another person has made your work environment uncomfortable due to repeated misbehavior, you might be able to take legal action. It is important to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to determine your options.

Is a Hostile Work Environment Against the Law?

The creation of a hostile work environment is illegal under California law. Individuals who are being routinely abused, mistreated, or harassed at work, may be entitled to compensation. 

What Should I Do If I Am Being Harassed at Work?

If you are being harassed while at work in Los Angeles or the surrounding areas, you need to speak to an attorney. An attorney can help you understand your rights and determine the best course of action. In some cases, you might be able to file a lawsuit against your employer for their wrongdoing.

When Should I Hire an Attorney?

It is always in your best interest to consult with an attorney as early in the process as possible. An attorney can help determine when and if you should report the misconduct and how to proceed with a legal claim. 

Harassed at Work? Contact Our Office.

Have you been harassed at work? Do you feel that the harassment has created a hostile work environment? You might have a valid legal claim, but you need to act fast to protect your rights. Contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. 

Our lawyers will fight to ensure that you receive the outcome you deserve. Call now to speak directly with an experienced member of our legal team. There are no fees unless we win!




If your claim has been denied or your attorney has decided to give up, reach out to our firm for a second opinion.