Workplace Harassment Attorney By Gregory Thyberg on October 16, 2022

employee experiencing workplace harassmentFederal and state employment laws are in place to provide workers with certain guarantees. Among these is the right to a safe workplace that is free of harassment or bullying. Although workplace harassment is illegal, countless employees report being subject to sexual harassment, discrimination, non-sexual harassment, or mistreatment at work.

If workplace harassment has created a hostile work environment, and employers fail to take acceptable actions to stop the harassment, a lawsuit can be filed. Workplace harassment attorney Gregory Thyberg works on behalf of employees in the Sacramento, CA, area to hold liable employers accountable for losses associated with harassment in the workplace.

Laws Against Workplace Harassment

While workplace harassment is reported by thousands of employees in the United States each year, there are likely countless more harassment victims who do not file complaints against their employer. This may be partially due to the fact that many are unaware of their rights as an employee. There are federal and state laws that explicitly prohibit harassment in the workplace. On the federal level, workplace harassment is illegal under the following acts:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990

On the local level, California has one of the strongest employment laws in place. California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act applies to all employers in the state who employ five or more individuals. This act makes it illegal to discriminate against job applicants or employees who are under protected categories (i.e. age, race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), and prohibits all forms of harassment in the workplace. 

Types of Workplace Harassment

Another reason that some employees do not report workplace harassment is because they are unsure of what qualifies as “harassment.” Harassment generally refers to unwanted behavior or hostile treatment that is continual, or that is so pervasive that it creates a work environment that a reasonable person would find hostile or intimidating.

Workplace harassment can take place in many forms, and it may be sexual or non-sexual in nature. Some common examples of workplace harassment include:

  • The use of slurs or name-calling
  • Making jokes related to race, sex, etc.
  • Physical intimidation or threats
  • Bullying or psychological abuse
  • Making sexual advances or asking for sexual favors
  • Sharing of offensive images or objects

Working with a Workplace Harassment Attorney

Employees who have, or continue to be, subject to workplace harassment should consider working with a workplace harassment attorney. Gregory Thyberg assists workplace harassment victims in the Sacramento area in proving harassment and holding liable employers accountable for related losses. To substantiate a workplace harassment claim, our legal team gathers evidence to demonstrate that:

  • The harassing behavior or offensive actions are discriminatory based on a protected characteristic
  • The behavior is repetitive or has continued over time
  • The employer failed to properly investigate harassment claims and/or take actions to make it stop
  • The harassment created a hostile work environment, or one that disrupted the employee’s ability to perform their job

Contact Attorney Gregory Thyberg

If you have been subject to harassment or discrimination in the workplace, attorney Gregory Thyberg would be happy to advise you of your legal rights and options. To schedule a personal consultation at our Sacramento law firm, send us a message online, or call (916) 204-9173.

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Since 1981, Gregory A. Thyberg has been providing legal services to clients throughout Sacramento. With a focus on employment law, he can help you find a solution when facing discrimination, harassment, or other workplace injustices. Mr. Thyberg is affiliated with organizations like the:

  • California Bar Association
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyer’s Association

If you're experiencing unlawful discrimination in the workplace, request a consultation with Mr. Thyberg or call (916) 204-9173.

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