What constitutes a “hostile” working environment?

What constitutes a “hostile” working environment?

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act protects employees from hostile and abusive working environments. Under California law, a hostile working environment is defined as one in which harassment is so pervasive and severe that it distracts the victim from performing the duties of their job. Harassment in a hostile working environment can be based on gender, ethnicity, race, religion, disability, or any other protected class.