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 experienced 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 hostile work environment. 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 do not hesitate to take employers to court and hold them accountable. We will bring our considerable legal resources and 75 years of combined experience to trial on your behalf.

Our lawyers keep flexible hours to meet your scheduling needs, and we return every client call promptly. Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian serves clients in Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kingsburg, and Hanford counties. Our staff speaks Spanish and French, so don’t let a language barrier keep you from the legal help you need. If you suffer discrimination or humiliation in a hostile work environment, now or in the future, call  Tomassian, Pimentel & Shapazian immediately at 559-277-7300 or reach us online to arrange an initial consultation.