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When you can sue them and when you should are two different things. You can sue them as soon as you have experienced any emotional distress associated with severe or pervasive harassment based on your membership in a protected class or because you were subjected to unlawful retaliation based on your having engaged in a form of protected conduct.
However, the real decision is when should you file a complaint. That is much harder to answer, and really needs to be determined between you and an experienced attorney who can measure the risk vs. reward of commencing litigation. Generally you want sufficient evidence to make it likely you will prevail, but perhaps more importantly, you want to have sufficient provable damages to make an aggressive, hard fought lawsuit worth the time, effort and money it will take to prosecute it.
The prudent move for you, therefore, is to locate and consult with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible to explore your facts and determine your options. I would suggest you look either on this site in the Find a Lawyer section, or go to www.cela.org, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members are dedicated to the representation of employees against their employers.
Most employment attorneys who practice this area of law work offer a free or low cost consultation in the beginning and then, if the matter has merit and value, will usually agree to work on a contingency basis, meaning you can hire an attorney without paying any money until the matter results in a positive outcome for you. Many advance all the costs of the litigation as well. Do not let fear of fees and costs keep you from finding a good attorney.
Good luck to you.
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