California Employment Law Attorneys
Employment harassment is unlawful conduct that affects your ability to do your job. To have a legal claim against your employer, the harassment must be based on your protected status such as age, gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, religion or pregnancy.
I'm San Francisco employment law attorney Stephen M. Murphy. I represent people who have experienced harassment at work. I see my job as trying to right that wrong, which usually involves seeking compensation from your employer.
What Is Harassment?
Just because your boss is rude doesn't make the conduct unlawful employment harassment. Employment harassment arises when a supervisor abuses power in a way that degrades, demeans or intimidates you based on your protected status. For example, your employer may use demeaning words when referring to your disability, age, sex, religion or sexual orientation, or treat members of a protected group in an abusive manner.
What Should I Do if I Am Harassed at Work?
Most companies have policies to report harassment. There may be a policy posted in your break room or an employee handbook that directs you how to do this. In an ideal workplace, the employee would report the conduct and the harassment would stop. In that case, you wouldn't need a lawyer.
However, many employees fear retaliation if they report harassment at work. Indeed, rather than fix the problem, some employers do fire, demote or transfer employees who complain.
If your employer has retaliated against you for complaining of employment harassment, if you have complained of harassment and your employer has not corrected the situation, or if you are afraid to complain, our lawyers offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case and explain your options.
Compensation for victims of employment harassment: Our attorneys obtained a $210,000 total settlement for two men in two different cases who were sexually harassed by their female bosses.
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For more information about employment harassment or to consult San Francisco employment harassment attorney Stephen M. Murphy, call 415-986-1338 or fill out the contact form on this website.