Harassment Lawyer in Arizona
Thunderbird Law Group team believes in your right to work in an environment free from unlawful discrimination and harassment. If your work environment becomes hostile and unbearable, and your employer is ignoring your complaints, you may have a legal claim against your employer.
From janitors and cooks in the kitchen, to high level managers and directors, we advocate on behalf of employees keeping bad employers in check. Employers have an obligation to ensure the workplace is free from illegal harassment and discrimination. If your employer has been made aware of unlawful harassment or discrimination and fails investigate or prevent unlawful conduct, they may be liable.
If you are being harassed in the workplace, know that you have legal rights. Our legal team will
help you understand and navigate these claims and gather the evidence you need to prove your
Does Arizona Have Laws Against Harassment?
There are several state and federal laws protect you against workplace harassment and discrimination when you are being treated differently because of your membership in a protected class or because of a protected characteristic such as race, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, national origin, religion, disability, among others.
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. §2000e, et seq.)
- 42 U.S.C. §1981
- The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. §12111, et seq.)
- The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (29 U.S.C. §621, et seq.)
- The Arizona Civil Rights Act (A.R.S. §41-1461 et seq.)
What Do I Need to Prove to Have a Harassment Claim?
Unlawful Harassment is generally defined as unwelcome conduct based on a person’s membership in protected class or because of a protected characteristic. For example, unwelcome conduct (including speech) that is offensive and targets you because of your race,
religion, or gender may constitute unlawful harassment. In most instances the law requires the plaintiff or employee to prove the unwelcome conduct was “severe and pervasive”. In other words, the law generally requires that the conduct needs to be sufficiently severe in nature and must have occurred on more than one occasion. In most cases, an isolated incident where a co-worker or supervisor makes a single offensive comment will not suffice. However, if the sole incident involves egregious or severe misconduct, such as actual or threatened physical violence, or some other extremely offensive behavior, that may be sufficient to establish a claim.
Before filing a lawsuit for unlawful harassment you are required to file administrative charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the corresponding state Agency. In Arizona you can file administrative charges with the EEOC or the Arizona Civil Rights Division. Because the requirements for filing an administrative charge and filing a lawsuit are time sensitive, you are strongly encouraged to contact the EEOC, ACRD or an attorney as soon as possible to discuss your potential claims.
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