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California Workplace Bully Harassment Lawyers

California has some of the strictest employment laws in the nation, preserving your right to receive fair treatment and equal benefits and protecting you from being exposed to hostile or discriminatory acts in the workplace.

Workplace Bullying Harassment Comes in Many Forms

California law provides some of the strongest workplace protections in the nation but it takes an experienced attorney to help you fight for your rights.

Under Assembly Bill 2053, “abusive conduct” is conduct of an employer or employee in the workplace, with malice, that a reasonable person would find hostile, offensive, and unrelated to an employer’s legitimate business interests. Notably, “abusive conduct” is not limited to conduct that targets employees because of race, gender, religion, etc. By statute, this may include:

  • The repeated infliction of verbal abuse, such as the use of derogatory remarks, insults, and epithets,
  • Verbal or physical conduct that a reasonable person would find threatening, intimidating or humiliating, and
  • The gratuitous sabotage or undermining of a person’s work performance.

Bullying is a substantial problem in workplaces across the United States. A third of American workers have reported experiencing some form of bullying by managers or coworkers and another 25% reported having witnessed the bullying of a coworker. Abusive work environments can reduce productivity and morale, lead to higher absenteeism and turnover rates, and increase medical and workers’ compensation claims. Under current law, victims of workplace bullying have a legal remedy only if the abuse is related to a protected category (such as race, gender, disability, sexual orientation or age).

Employers who fail to comply with the law may face penalties from the Department of Fair Employment and Housing, the state agency charged with enforcing California’s discrimination and harassment laws. The law does not, however, create a civil claim for abusive conduct itself.

Our attorneys are devoted to employee representation for all types of workplace bullying and workplace harassment.

Our Approach

Our Practices are Guided by Integrity. We’ll protect what you deserve.

We work tirelessly and fight tenaciously to hold rights abusers accountable.

If you’ve experienced a distressing incident related to an issue like this, call us for a free case evaluation.

Did You Know?

Abusive Conduct
In California, employees have the right to be free from abusive conduct in the workplace, with state laws protecting them against bullying, psychological abuse, and other forms of hostile behavior that can create a toxic work environment.
Bullying at Work
In California, employees have the right to a workplace free from bullying, with legal protections against abusive behavior that undermines an individual’s right to dignity and safety at work.

Is It Illegal, or Just Unfair?

Legal cases can be lengthy, complicated, and confusing, but you don’t have to take on the system all by yourself. If you believe someone has violated your individual rights, or the rights of a large group of people in your community, we can help you find the right course of action.

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