Many workers in California love their jobs. However, even with the best job in the world, you could still feel unhappy and uncomfortable at work if a colleague or superior is creating a hostile environment for you. This could take the form of abuse, discrimination or even harassment. Whatever the case, you deserve to be treated fairly and with respect, so it is important to take whatever steps you can to improve your situation.
In general, the first thing to do may be to report the problem to your employer or to human resources. If your employer is part of the problem or refuses to help, the next step might be to take legal action. Something not everyone realizes is that employers can be liable for the actions of their employees if they are made aware of them and fail to act appropriately.
Sexual harassment can be hugely detrimental to your mood, confidence and productivity. Yet it can feel hard to talk about or even to admit to yourself. Fortunately, you do not have to face this alone. There are numerous organizations dedicated to help people through abusive situations. If you decide to take legal action, an attorney may also be able to offer advice and guidance.
Our page on harassment has further information on the options available to you if you are faced with unfair treatment in your workplace. It may seem like a lot to deal with, but with the right support you can work toward a safer, happier working environment. Furthermore, by challenging those responsible for your mistreatment, you may be able to protect future employees from the same experience.