Hostile Work Environment Lawyers in Fresno, CA

The phrase “hostile work environment” has a precise legal definition, so if your boss is grouchy and the coffee’s bad, you can’t sue them for it. Certain legal criteria must be met before you have grounds to sue an employer for creating a hostile work environment. If those criteria are met, the knowledgeable Fresno employment lawyers at Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian will represent you in negotiations, and if necessary in court, until you obtain justice.


Several criteria define a hostile work environment. First, you must have a boss or coworker whose actions, communications, or behaviors make it impossible to do your job. Those actions, communications, or behaviors must have the effect of altering the terms, conditions, and reasonable expectations of a non-threatening work environment. Secondly, the behaviors, actions, or communications must be discriminatory in nature. If a boss verbally hectors you about your age, race, religion, or gender, he or she is creating a work environment that is considered hostile. A coworker who tells sexually explicit jokes or circulates obscene images is also creating a hostile work environment. If both legal criteria apply, and if you’ve asked your boss or coworker to stop, and you were refused or ignored, you must take the first step to rectify the situation. Call the lawyers of Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian. We’ll handle it from there.


Our skilled attorneys will assess your claim, compile evidence, examine witnesses, and seek to win for you out-of-court. If a negotiated settlement is unfeasible, we will not hesitate to take an employer to court and hold them accountable. We will bring our legal resources, along with our 75 years of combined experience with us to trial for your benefit.

Our attorneys work flexible hours to ensure that can meet a variety of our clients’  scheduling needs. We also strive to get back to each client promptly. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian serves clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our expert team speaks French and Spanish, so don’t worry about a language barrier preventing you from taking action with the legal help you need. If you suffer discrimination or humiliation in a hostile work environment, now or in the future, contact  Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian immediately at 559-545-0383 or reach us online to conveniently schedule a consultation.