Oakland Harassment Lawyer

Standing Up for the Rights of California Workers

Have you, a coworker, or a loved one been the target of workplace harassment? Do you work in a hostile work environment where you and your colleagues feel like you are constantly walking on eggshells? At Benton Employment Law Group, our Oakland harassment workplace attorney have everything you need to address these matters swiftly. We will help you understand your legal rights, build you a strong case tailored to your goals, and fight for the just compensation you deserve.

We believe there is no excuse for workplace harassment and are determined to fight against it. Call our office at (510) 650-0250 or contact us online to learn how we can help during a free consultation.

What Is Workplace Harassment?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), harassment is “unwelcome conduct” that is based on:

  • Race,
  • Color,
  • Religion,
  • Sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy),
  • National origin,
  • Age (beginning at age 40),
  • Disability, and/or
  • Genetic information (including family medical history).

The EEOC also states that “harassment is a form of employment discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, (ADEA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, (ADA).” Many state laws prohibit workplace harassment as well including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA).

Despite what many people continue to believe, a person of any gender—or, really, anyone—can either perpetuate harassment or be a victim of it. Regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, role at your company, and any other factors, if you feel as though you have been wrongfully harassed in the workplace, it is in your best interests to reach out to a local harassment lawyer to determine whether you have a legitimate case and what your legal options are.

Problems Commonly Arise in the Workplace

There are numerous ways that harassment can arise in the workplace. Such behavior may range from persistent microaggressions to physical violence.

Harassment may look like:

There is no set way that harassment manifests, so if you feel as though you have been mistreated in a manner not listed above, don’t hesitate to report the behavior to a superior and reach out to an attorney to discuss your case.

Helping Businesses Prevent Harassment Disputes

In addition to helping employees fight workplace harassment, we can also help businesses create a work culture that will prevent harassment from becoming a serious issue. Additionally, if you are a small or large business owner and your company has recently been sued or is under investigation for an infraction, it’s important to contact an employment law attorney straightaway.

You’ll want to select one that has a verifiable successful track record in California employment law defense cases. When you interview prospective attorneys, ensure that they have an attentive, knowledgeable team, as well as extensive trial experience in both federal and state court.

Employment litigation can get complicated and ugly in a hurry. To avoid costly mistakes that can hurt both your financial bottom-line and your company’s reputation, enlist the help of a legal professional that has experience in numerous types of dispute resolution proceedings, including mediations, arbitrations, and other litigation avoidance techniques, as well as suits settled in court.

Founding attorney Chambord Benton-Hayes not only provides legal representation for claims and lawsuits, but she also can provide preventative counsel that keeps you in compliance with local, state, and federal laws. Your company should consider consulting an attorney for general counsel regarding company protocols and procedures, employee handbook reviews, labor relations, and creating preventative policies that keep harassment and other problems at bay.

Consult an Oakland Employment Law Attorney Today!

Benton Employment Law Group is devoted to providing our clients with top-notch service and protecting their legal rights. We have a passion for providing skilled representation, educating our clients about their legal rights and responsibilities, and ensuring our clients are fully aware of the consequences of their decisions throughout the processes of negotiation, litigation, and appeals.

If you are a California worker or business that needs legal representation or any type of employment law counsel, we invite you to call our experienced workplace harassment lawyer today for a free consultation.

Call our firm at (510) 650-0250 to schedule a legal consultation at your convenience. Our Oakland employment law attorney is committed to providing the tenacious representation you need.

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Our Proven Success

  • Discrimination settlement.

    Achieved settlement on contentious matter on behalf of vehicle company and employee alleging racial and disability discrimination related to medical marijuana.

  • Employment Law Training

    Trained thousands of executives, managers, doctors, attorneys, and employees on ADA compliance, anti-harassment and discrimination, and other labor and employment law issues.

  • Settlement for Multi-national Coffeehouse Chain.

    Achieved settlement on contentious matter on behalf of multinational chain of coffeehouses and an employee alleging disability discrimination.

  • Settlement with EEOC.

    Achieved settlement on a contentious matter with the EEOC and Plaintiff-intervenor alleging disability discrimination on behalf of a healthcare organization.

  • Technology company settlement.

    Achieved settlement on a contentious matter on behalf of a technology company and a former executive.

  • United States District Court, N.D. Cal

    Successfully compelled enforcement of arbitration agreement on behalf of multinational chain of coffeehouses and an employee alleging disability discrimination.

  • Superior Court of California, County of Sacramento

    Obtained summary adjudication on behalf of insurance company on action alleging disability discrimination, racial discrimination, harassment, failure to prevent discrimination, failure to engage in the interactive process and punitive damages.

  • United States District Court, E.D. Cal.

    Obtained partial summary judgment on action alleging failure to provide reasonable accommodation, failure to engage in the interactive process, disability discrimination, age discrimination, wrongful termination, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and punitive damages for a technology company. Likewise, opposed Plaintiff’s cross-motion for summary judgment that was denied.

  • Exempt status from overtime wages for national retailer

    Defended manager exempt status from overtime wages for national retailer obtaining a “take nothing” Order, Decision, and Award from the DLSE.

  • Achieved settlement disability discrimination case.