Encino Harassment Attorneys
Helping California Employers with Harassment-Related Concerns
There are numerous laws that protect employees at the federal and California state levels. In fact, California has some of the most pro-employee laws of any state, and employers face harsh penalties for violating these laws. All employers should ensure they are in full compliance with anti-harassment laws, as well as take proper action if an employee files a complaint about harassment.
Employee allegations of harassment can be costly issues, and you want to address the matter in the most efficient and effective manner. Contact an Encino harassment lawyer at Kaufman McAndrew LLP to discuss your situation.
Unlawful Workplace Harassment
Workplace harassment is prohibited as a form of discrimination. While sexual harassment is the most common form, harassment is prohibited when it is based on any protected factors, such as:
- Race and color
- Ancestry and national origin
- Religion and creed
- Age (for employees over 40)
- Physical and mental disability (actual or perceived)
- Medical conditions
- Pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related medical issues
- Marital status
- Sex and gender
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity and gender expression
- Genetic information
- Military or veteran status
Harassment can be comments, displays of images, or any other conduct based on a protected factor that creates a hostile work environment for the employee. When an employee complains of possible harassment and a hostile work environment, an employer must take action to stop the conduct. Otherwise, a company can face liability for the harassment and owe damages to the harassed employee.
When it comes to sexual harassment, quid pro quo harassment is a serious matter. This occurs when a person of authority requests sexual conduct from an employee, either threatening their job if they refuse, or offering them job benefits in exchange for the conduct. In this situation, employers are automatically liable for the harassment, and they do not have the opportunity to stop the conduct to avoid liability.
California has strict requirements for sexual harassment training for employees and supervisors. It is imperative that all employers comply with all training requirements, and our attorneys can advise you on whether you are in full compliance with the law or not.
Addressing Harassment Complaints
If an employee complains to a supervisor, human resources, or another person regarding possible harassment, it is important to take swift action. Always initiate an investigation and take measures needed to prevent further harassment, including possible termination of harassers.
If an employee files a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or in civil court for harassment, you want our attorneys to help you:
- Gather evidence of employer actions to stop harassment
- Investigate the circumstances of the complaint
- Negotiate with the employee to settle the matter out of court
- Defend against allegations to minimize penalties and losses to the company
Learn How Our Encino Harassment Lawyers Can Help Your Company
Employers can benefit from the help of an experienced Encino harassment attorney from Kaufman McAndrew LLP. If you would like to discuss questions or concerns, please call 818-788-5767 or contact us online today.