office environment

Being A Jerk Is Not Illegal

Unless you are incredibly lucky, you have probably had a boss that was a complete jerk. Unfortunately, being a jerk is not illegal, but creating a hostile work environment and harassing employees based on protected characteristics is. There is a bright line between these two things, and The Rankin Law Firm can help you figure out if your jerk-of-a-boss, or terrible fellow employees, have crossed it. 

Fantasizing About Quitting Your Job? Telling Off Your Boss? Filing A Lawsuit? We Can Help.

You may have fantasized about quitting your job in protest, or mentally shouted some colorful language in your boss’s direction, but have you ever thought about filing a lawsuit against your boss? Many employees wonder if they could bring a lawsuit against their abusive employer, but few take the step of actually seeking out an experienced employment law attorney to figure out if they actually should. 

At The Rankin Law Firm, we help employees who want to know if their boss is just a jerk, or if they should file a lawsuit over the abuse they have endured. The first thing we do when an upset employee approaches us is listen to them. We need to hear your side of the story to figure out if you have a valid case. 

That Crossed A Line

Hearing about the abuse you have endured is important because it helps us figure out if your boss crossed a line. We need to be able to figure out if they did something illegal and created a hostile work environment, or were simply being a jerk. 

A hostile work environment is one in which unwelcome conduct or comments by supervisors or coworkers make it difficult or impossible for you to do your job. But even that may not be illegal. In order to bring a successful lawsuit, you must be able to prove the conduct or comments were motivated by a legally protected characteristic or status.

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and other state and federal laws protect people from harassment related to:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Religious creed
  • Color
  • National origin
  • Ancestry
  • Physical disability
  • Mental disability
  • Medical condition
  • Genetic information
  • Marital status
  • Sex
  • Gender
  • Gender identity
  • Gender expression
  • Sexual orientation
  • Military/veteran status

Hearing your story, and gathering evidence of the abuse you endured, will help The Rankin Law Firm figure out if you were the target of abuse because you belong to one or more of these protected classes. 

Contact Our Experienced California Hostile Work Environment Lawyers

Nobody should be forced to endure abuse in order to earn their paycheck, but bad employers and rotten work colleagues are far too common. If you have been mistreated on the job, and you think it crossed a line, The Rankin Law Firm is here to help. We will listen to your side of the story, and help you find a path forward. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.