Everyone in California has a legal right to a workplace where they are free from harassment. However, workplace harassment continues to occur across a wide range of industries.
Working in a hostile environment can be a stressful experience. It can also have measurable negative impacts on someone’s well being.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that workplace harassment may have a significant and lasting impact on an individual’s physical health. When someone is subjected to harassment at work, they may experience a range of physical symptoms, including stress, anxiety, depression, and sleep disorders. These symptoms can take a toll on an individual’s overall physical health and well-being.
Here are some specific ways in which workplace harassment can negatively impact an individual’s physical health:
Workplace harassment can cause significant stress, which can lead to a range of physical symptoms. Stress can cause headaches, stomachaches, and difficulty sleeping, and it can also weaken the immune system, making an individual more susceptible to illness. Long-term stress can also lead to more serious health issues, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Workplace harassment can also cause anxiety, which can manifest as physical symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, shortness of breath, and dizziness.
Workplace harassment can lead to depression, which can cause physical symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain or loss, and changes in appetite. Depression can also lead to sleep disorders and weaken the immune system.
Workplace harassment can disrupt an individual’s sleep patterns, leading to sleep disorders such as insomnia. Lack of sleep can lead to physical symptoms such as fatigue, irritability, and difficulty concentrating. Chronic sleep deprivation can also lead to more serious health issues, such as heart disease and diabetes.
It is important to note that these are just a few examples of how workplace harassment can negatively impact an individual’s physical health. The effects of harassment can vary from person to person, and they can be long-lasting and severe, potentially even affecting your ability to do your job. If you are experiencing harassment at work, it is important to seek support and seek legal assistance if necessary to protect your physical and mental well-being.
That last point is critical. Many Californias don’t realize that they may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits if they develop “stress-related injuries” as a result of hostility or harassment in the workplace.
Depending on the circumstances, you may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim, but you should be aware that proving you sustained a stress-related injury can be challenging if you lack experience with these matters. As such, it’s wise to enlist the help of a lawyer who can help you build and present the strongest case possible.
At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we have substantial experience providing representation to clients like yourself. Our assistance can play an essential role in helping you secure the compensation you may deserve. Learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us online or calling us at 818-609-7005.