New York Sexual Harassment Lawyers Help for Women and Men
Our New York sexual harassment attorneys face questions every day about harassment at work. There are no excuses. Let’s be abundantly clear: there is no reason anyone should tolerate sexual harassment at work.
Sexual harassment is wrong.
The lawyers at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. represent victims of sexual harassment at work throughout New York. Regardless of the reason or cause, you may not be sexually harassed at work. If this occurs, call our attorneys at once. We can help you through this, discussing your personal and professional goals.
Sexual Harassment Is Illegal and Should Not be Tolerated
The truth is: sexual harassment hurts. It is painful emotionally and can affect your physical health. It can damage your career and your family life.
Sometimes a boss sexually propositions employees. Others are the subject of office-wide insults. Coworkers and customers can mistreat employees. We understand the deep and long-lasting scars such behavior causes. Our New York sexual harassment lawyers can help put your mind at ease. We will help you recover from sexual harassment.
You should act quickly and call for help. Our sexual harassment attorneys can help you evaluate the case and determine if what you are experiencing is unlawful. We can help you understand your rights under the laws that prohibit sexual harassment. If you wish to move forward with a claim against your employer, we can help protect your interests and advocate for the outcome you deserve.
Understanding the Harassment Laws and Your Rights
The federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) protects employees from discrimination. This law prohibits employers from discriminating against job applicants and employees based on race, religion, and sex. The New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) also prohibits employment discrimination.
Title VII does not mention sexual harassment. However, it does prohibit sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on sex.
Sexual harassment can occur when an employer bases employment decisions on sex, such as:
- Offering compensation
- Providing benefits
- Assigning work
Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and verbal and physical conduct that is offensive.
“Quid Pro Quo” Sexual Harassment at Work
“Quid pro quo” sexual harassment is when a supervisor threatens or takes action based on you accepting sexual advances. These actions can be negative or positive action. For example, threats can be a lower salary, unpaid wages, not receiving a promotion or termination. Some employers promise things in exchange for sex. For example, they may offer you a raise, a bonus or a promotion for sex.
If your supervisor says she will fire you unless you agree to have sex with her, that is sexual harassment. A supervisor who promises you a raise for going a romantic vacation is committing sexual harassment. If you refuse to go on a date with your boss and your boss then transfers you to another office, that can also be harassment. Our experienced New York sexual harassment attorneys can help assess your situation and help you decide how to move forward.
Hostile Work Environment Caused by Sexual Harassment
It is also unlawful sexual harassment when a co-worker behaves in a way that is unwelcome and pervasive. This behavior creates a “hostile work environment.” Harassment of this nature does not necessarily have to involve a supervisor. Co-workers can commit acts of harassment against you. Customers can also sexually harass employees.
Examples of a hostile work environment can include:
- Unwanted physical attention like hugging, touching or restraining
- Sexually offensive comments or jokes
- Threats or innuendo of sexual assault
- Sexual assault
- Sexual propositions
- Obscene emails or phone calls
- Offensive sexual language
- Unwelcome exposure to pornography
- Belittling, derogatory comments about your physical attributes
For a hostile work environment to exist, the conduct must be such that a reasonable person would find it abusive, hostile, offensive or intimidating. For example, telling one single sexual joke may not create a hostile work environment for a reasonable person. However, the telling of sexual jokes on a routine basis may. Co-workers preventing you from leaving during such conversations may also create a hostile work environment. Our experienced New York sexual harassment lawyers can help you assess the situation and decide if your co-workers violated your rights.
Call Our Lawyers & Get Advice Before Reporting Offensive Conduct
Do you think you have been the victim of sexual harassment at work? Speak with the New York sexual harassment attorneys at Leeds Brown. We can help you ensure you protect your rights. You may have to follow the policies your employer to file a complaint. But what if the supervisor is the one harassing you? Not following their policy may prevent you from filing a claim in the future. We can recommend how you should proceed.
Our New York sexual harassment attorneys can help you understand your workplace policies. We hold your employer responsible for sexual harassment. We can advise you of potential remedies. Our attorneys can also help you to put together your thoughts and draft a letter to alert your employer.
You May Also Have a Claim for Retaliation
Title VII and NYSHRL prohibit an employer from taking retaliatory action against you. The law protects an employee who opposes and tries to end sexual harassment. If you file a complaint – at work or in court – the employer may not punish you. If they retaliate against you for your sexual harassment claim, they can be liable for even greater damages:
- Job termination
- Transfer out of a favored department or off a team
- Disciplinary write-up
- Negative reviews
- Exclusion from meetings
- Exclusion from training
- Pay deduction
Contact Our New York Sexual Harassment Attorneys to Discuss Your Case
The New York sexual harassment lawyers at Leeds Brown have spent decades helping workers throughout New York. Our motivated and passionate professionally but aggressively represent our clients’ interests. Many of our clients have seen outstanding results. We have secured millions in awards. We have held employers accountable for sexual harassment against hard working employees.
Sexual harassment can make you frightened, emotional, and insecure. We can develop a plan to deal with the situation. The more information, support, and advice you have, the better you can handle the situation. The attorneys at Leeds Brown focus on workplace sexual harassment claims. We will watch your progress and fight for the best outcome.
We are available 24/7 to discuss your claim. Call 1-800-585-4658 for a free case evaluation. The experienced New York sexual harassment attorneys at Leeds Brown look forward to speaking with you and helping you through this challenging time.