California law makes it unlawful for an employer or individual to harass an employee because of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation. Unlawful harassment can take the form of “hostile work environment” harassment or “quid pro quo” harassment. A “hostile work environment” arises when an employee is subject to unwelcome comments or conduct that is sufficiently severe or pervasive to create an abusive work environment. “Quid pro quo” harassment arises when job benefits are conditioned upon sexual favors. Victims of unlawful harassment can seek compensation for emotional distress, lost wages, benefits and, in some cases, punitive damages.
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