How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Patrick, Esq. Your Own Question

Patrick, Esq.
Patrick, Esq., Lawyer
Category: California Employment Law
Satisfied Customers: 8994
Experience:  Significant experience in all areas of employment law.
Type Your California Employment Law Question Here...
Patrick, Esq. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I felt I was working in a hostile work place. Things were said

Customer Question

I felt I was working in a hostile work place. Things were said to me by a boss and done to me by a boss that I feel was discriminating toward me while I was doing my job. the flicking with her finger on the back side of my ear. She told a security officer if she had it her way she would fire me. She told me her 9 yr old niece is more grown up than me.This is suppose to be my leader.I drove a bus in our 55 and over community. While myself and a couple other drivers was chatting outside our brake room a 16 yr old that's not capable of going to school that lives in our community over heard one of my dirty jokes took it home to his mother and a month later I was fired over it. I was given no warning of this, no probation, nothing. This is the same kid that I complained to along with all the other complaints by drivers to one of my bosses. Nothing was ever done to this kid. Our bosses new about this kid from complaints from senior residents that lived there and used the bus system. This was a problem before I even started working for the company. I worked part time because I lived there in the community. Our bosses are sent out of the office with a camera to hide and take pictures of us drivers at stop signs and they all the time ride along with us noting any little mistake we do then they write us up and put it in our files. You say something to them about it and they laugh it off. I've never been in trouble at my job and they constantly look for things to write you up. This is with all the drivers. All the bus drivers and security friends have told me that I should bring this matter to your attention, so here I am, can you help. There's more to what is going on at this work place. Thank You, XXXXX
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: California Employment Law
Expert:  Patrick, Esq. replied 3 years ago.
Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. I hope that you will appreciate what I am about to tell you, although it is not entirely favorable to your situation.

I think we've all been there with unpleasant supervisors, but unfortunately there is no law requiring civility between employer and employer. There are, however, laws prohibiting harassment on the basis of being part of a protected class. Unless your employer is harassing you on the basis of your sex, gender, race, ancestry, national origin, color, sexual orientation, religion, medical disability, marital status, age (40 and over) her treatment of you, however disrespectful, is probably not illegal.

If you feel that you are being harassment on the basis of one of the above protected categories, complain to your employer in writing. That way, if you are later terminated, you would have a solid claim for retaliation. Also, if you believe what your employer is doing constitutes actionable harassment, you should file a complaint with either California's Division of Labor Standards Enforcement or the federal Equal Opportunity Employment Commission.

I hope that this information helps you in deciding what to do.
If my answer has been helpful to you, please click on the GREEN ACCEPT button directly above. I will not get credit for assisting you or receive payment for my work unless you do this. Your question will not close after you click "accept," and you will still be able to ask follow-up questions if necessary.
The only facts I know about your situation are the ones that you tell me, so please try to be specific and bear in mind that, occasionally, miscommunications will occur. I will do everything I can to clarify my answer if I have misunderstood your question. Also bear in mind that the law does not always read how we think it should. I ask that you be understanding if an opinion I have provided is not consistent with what you wanted to hear.
Finally, the information that I have provided is not legal advice. I am not acting as your attorney and my answer does not establish an attorney-client relationship between us. I encourage you to consult with a local attorney in regard to legal matters.
Expert:  Patrick, Esq. replied 3 years ago.
I do apologize for a couple typos that slipped into my above response. Best of luck to you, and please remember to click "accept" if I have adequately answered your question. If my answer was unclear in any way, I am happy to provide followup. Thanks.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
< Previous | Next >
  • Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises! Gary B. Edmond, OK
  • My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer. Eric Redwood City, CA
  • I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight. Michael Wichita, KS
  • PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent. Three H. Houston, TX
  • Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!! Elaine Atlanta, GA
  • It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem. Tony Apopka, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

Meet The Experts:

  • LawTalk


    Satisfied Customers:

    I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.
< Last | Next >
  • LawTalk's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    I have 30 years of experience in the practice of law, including employment law and discrimination law.
  • Tina's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    JD, 17 years experience & recognized by ABA for excellence in employment law.
  • Brandon, Esq.'s Avatar

    Brandon, Esq.


    Satisfied Customers:

    Has received a certificate of recognition from the California State Senate for his outstanding legal service.
  • melissamesq's Avatar



    Satisfied Customers:

    Represent clients to maximum recovery in employment cases.
  • /img/opt/shirt.png Legal Counsel's Avatar

    Legal Counsel


    Satisfied Customers:

    California Licensed Attorney- 29 years- Wages, Hours, Overtime, Discrimination, Wrongful Termination.
  • Ely's Avatar


    Counselor at Law

    Satisfied Customers:

    Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

Related California Employment Law Questions