How To Report Harassment At Work in Los Angeles

Updated: Mar 16

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Harassment is a form of discrimination against employees that violates the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title VII from the (1964 Civil Rights Act, and the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act).

So, let's talk about filing a report for workplace harassment, as often advised by top employment lawyers in California:

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Unwelcome actions based on race, color, religion, sex ( including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability, or genetic information is harassment. Harassment is unlawful if

  1. the continuation of the offensive behavior becomes a condition of continued employment, or

  2. the conduct is severe or persistent enough to create a working atmosphere that would be considered threatening, hostile, or abusive by a rational individual.

Anti-discrimination laws also forbid intimidation of individuals in retaliation for filing, testifying, or engaging in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or prosecution under these laws for discrimination; or opposing work practices that they believe discriminate against individuals in violation of these laws.

Petty slights, annoyances, and isolated events would not escalate to the degree of illegality (unless exceptionally serious). The behavior must create a work atmosphere that would be threatening, aggressive or insulting to rational persons to be unlawful.

Offensive actions can involve but are not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calls, physical attacks or threats, coercion, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, items or photographs that are offensive, and job performance intervention. In several situations, harassment may occur, including, but not limited to, the following: