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Harrasment at workplace

My wife complains to here private company about her boss who is making rude and inappropriate comments about other people and women in her presence. Her and another female employee bring it to their other boss and HR. After it all happens, my wife loses her office and says she’s going to be put into a cubicle for ‘her protection’. I think this is not legal she doesn’t want to make waves.

Asked on August 14, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

It is not illegal to be rude generally--there is no guaranty of a civil or respectful workplace--BUT it is illegal to discriminate against or harass women by making sexual or anti-female comments to, about, or in the presence of them. If a company refuses to take action to stop such harassment after being made aware of it, or worse, punishes or retaliates against a woman for making the complaint, that is illegal under the anti-discrimination laws. If this was the case, your wife could contact the federal EEOC or your state's equal/civil rights agency about filing a complaint; they may be able to order that this behavior stop, and/or your wife may entitled to compensation.


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