When you go to work, you have the right to expect that you will be treated with fairness and respect. Regardless of your role in the company, you should be able to do your job without fear of experiencing harassment, discrimination or any other type of inappropriate and unacceptable treatment. Unfortunately, some workers do experience mistreatment at work, and they may feel that this leads to emotional duress, the development of a hostile work environment and other complications.
The employer plays a critical role in preventing harassment in the workplace. Your employer can take steps that will reduce the chance of this type of behavior occurring and make the work environment better, safer and more respectful for everyone. If you do experience harassment at work, you will benefit from seeking guidance regarding the legal options that are available to you.
Prevention is key
Workplace harassment includes any type of behavior that creates an uncomfortable work environment due to disparaging remarks, unwanted contact, emotional bullying and more. There are a range of actions that could be harassment, and victims are often reluctant to speak out about what they experienced and how they can hold responsible parties accountable. Employers can help the issue through the following steps:
- Develop policies and procedures that not only prohibit harassment, but establish procedures that lower the chance of opportunities.
- Have a procedure in place through which victims of harassment can privately report what happened without embarrassment or fear.
- Seek professional assistance when developing a strategy on how to prevent harassment of any kind.
- Provide support for employees who report experiencing harassment, and require employees to submit to training on the subject.
- Develop policies that address all types of harassment, including sexual harassment, gender-based harassment and more.
- Be certain that all employees understand the company has a zero-tolerance policy regarding harassment.
If you are the victim of any type of harassment in your California workplace, you do not have to remain silent. There are steps you can take that will allow you to seek justice and ensure that this type of disturbing treatment stops. It can be intimidating to speak out about harassment, and you may find it helpful to seek professional assistance as you learn about the options available to you, which may include a civil claim.