Workplace bullying is a serious issue that affects employees’ well-being, productivity, and legal rights. In Southern California, workers are protected under various laws that aim to prevent bullying and provide remedies for those affected.

This blog will explore the impact of workplace bullying on employee rights and how PLBH can help you navigate these challenges. Contact us at (800) 435-7542 for a legal consultation.

Understanding Workplace Bullying

What is Workplace Bullying?

Workplace bullying refers to repeated, health-harming mistreatment of one or more employees by one or more perpetrators. It includes:

  • Verbal abuse
  • Offensive conduct/behaviors that are threatening, humiliating, or intimidating
  • Work interference or sabotage

Legal Protections Against Workplace Bullying

State and Federal Laws

While there is no specific law against workplace bullying in California, various state and federal laws offer protection against certain behaviors associated with bullying:

  • Harassment: California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) protects employees from harassment based on protected characteristics such as race, gender, age, and disability.
  • Retaliation: Employees are protected from retaliation when they report workplace bullying or harassment.
  • Health and Safety: California’s Occupational Safety and Health Act (Cal/OSHA) ensures that employers provide a safe working environment, which can include protection from bullying behaviors that threaten employee safety.

The Impact on Employee Rights

Emotional and Psychological Effects

Workplace bullying can lead to severe emotional and psychological impacts, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Decreased self-esteem
  • Increased stress and burnout

Professional Consequences

Bullying can also have significant professional impacts, such as:

  • Reduced job performance
  • Increased absenteeism
  • Higher turnover rates

Steps to Take if You’re Being Bullied at Work

Document the Bullying

  • Keep a Record: Document every instance of bullying, including dates, times, locations, and descriptions of the incidents.
  • Witnesses: Note any witnesses who were present during the bullying incidents.

Report the Bullying

  • Internal Reporting: Report the bullying to your supervisor, HR department, or a designated company representative.
  • External Reporting: If internal reporting does not resolve the issue, consider filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Seek Legal Advice

Consulting with an experienced employment law attorney at PLBH can help you understand your rights and the best course of action. Our attorneys can:

  • Evaluate your case and provide legal guidance
  • Assist in filing complaints or lawsuits
  • Represent you in negotiations or court proceedings

How PLBH Can Help

Comprehensive Legal Support

At PLBH, we are dedicated to protecting employees’ rights and ensuring a fair workplace. Our services include:

  • Legal Consultation: Understanding your situation and providing tailored advice
  • Representation: Advocating for your rights in negotiations, mediations, or court
  • Support: Offering continuous support and updates throughout your case

Why Choose PLBH?

  • Experience: Our team has extensive experience handling workplace bullying cases.
  • Dedication: We are committed to fighting for justice and fair treatment for all employees.
  • Results: We have a proven track record of successfully resolving employment law disputes.

Workplace bullying is a pervasive issue that can significantly impact employees’ rights and well-being. Understanding your legal protections and taking appropriate action is crucial to addressing this issue. If you are experiencing workplace bullying, PLBH is here to help. Contact us at (800) 435-7542 for a consultation and take the first step towards a safer, fairer workplace.