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Identifying a Hostile Environment


A hostile work environment exists when an employee experiences workplace harassment and fears of going to work because of the offensive, intimidating, or oppressive actions generated by the harasser.

A hostile work environment may also be created when management acts in a manner designed to make an employee quit in retaliation for some action.  For example, if an employee blew the whistle on a management employee for some workplace violations, then the response might be for the manager to harass and pressure the employee to quit.  Actions that could be taken might include inappropriate disciplinary procedures, unreasonable workload, unreasonable criticism or similar things.  

Federal law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not extremely serious.  Rather, the conduct must be so objectively offensive as to alter the conditions of the individual’s employment. 

You as an employee in the state of California are protected from a hostile work environment because of your race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or sexual orientation. 

Behavior against an employee must either be so pervasive or severe as to affect the overall work environment or must result in a tangible change in an employee’s employment status.  Examples would be being fired, demoted or passed over for promotion, constant criticism of work performance when it is uncalled for.

To prove a hostile work environment a person must document the actions, the dates they occurred, the time of the occurrence, and if any witnesses were there to see or hear.

If you feel you have a hostile work environment you must have the behavior documented, and will have to be able to show that the behavior was pervasive or severe.  You also have to show that the behavior adversely affected your employment.  Once you have the documentation and feel you need to move forward be sure to contact your CSEA job steward or your CSEA Labor Relations Representative to begin the process.

IT IS THE DUTY OF YOUR EMPLOYER TO PROVIDE ITS EMPLOYEES WITH A HOSTILE FREE WORK ENVIRONMENT.



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ORANGE Field Office
326 W KATELLA AVE #E, ORANGE 92867
Main#: (714) 532-3766
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FIELD DIRECTOR
TIARA COX
Ext: 7120
Direct: (714) 532-7120
tcox@csea.com

TEMPORARY FIELD DIRECTOR
PATRICK PREZIOSO
Ext: 7120
Direct: (714) 532-7120
pprezioso@csea.com

SR LABOR REL REP
DANIEL TORRES
Ext: 7137
Direct: (714) 532-7137
dtorres@csea.com

ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
YVONNE OLMOS
Ext: 7122
Direct: (714) 532-7122
yolmos@csea.com

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
KIMBERLY SLANE
Ext: 7132
Direct: (714) 532-7132
kslane@csea.com


Labor Representatives

ROBERT DEWITZ
Ext: 7128
Direct: (714) 532-7128    
rdewitz@csea.com

ISABELLE FRANZ
Ext: 7138
Direct: (714) 532-7138    
ifranz@csea.com

JASON GEANAKOPOULOS
Ext: 7121
Direct: (714) 532-7121    
jgeanakopoulos@csea.com

AMY GONZALES
Ext: 7133
Direct: (714) 532-7133    
agonzales@csea.com

MICHAEL LEON
Ext: 7124
Direct: (714) 532-7124    
mleon@csea.com

CECILIA LOPEZ
Ext: 7134
Direct: (714) 532-7134    
clopez@csea.com

KARLI NEVAREZ
Ext: 7125
Direct: (714) 532-7125    
knevarez@csea.com

ANTHONY SOLIS
Ext: 7126
Direct: (714) 532-7126    
asolis@csea.com

ERICA WILLIAMS
Ext: 7123
Direct: (714) 532-7123    
ewilliams@csea.com