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California Government Code section 12940(j) makes it unlawful for an employer to harass an employee “because of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation, or military and veteran status to harass an employee.”
Harassment becomes unlawful where (1) enduring the offensive conduct becomes a condition of continued employment, or (2) the conduct is severe or pervasive enough to create a work environment that a reasonable person would consider intimidating, hostile, or abusive. Anti-discrimination laws also prohibit harassment against individuals in retaliation for filing a discrimination charge, testifying, or participating in any way in an investigation, proceeding, or lawsuit under these laws; or opposing employment practices that they reasonably believe discriminate against individuals, in violation of these laws.
Harassment occurs where the misconduct creates a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to a reasonable person. Examples of harassing conduct may include, but is not limited to, offensive jokes, slurs, epithets or name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.
Some Examples Of Illegal Workplace Harassment
- Comments making fun of an employee’s medical condition or disability.
- Sexist remarks or using sexist names.
- Negative remarks about an employee’s sexual orientation.
- Sexually-oriented statements or trying to touch an employee.
- Negative statements about an employee’s religion or religious practices.
- Racist remarks related to an employee’s race.
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