New York Employment Lawyers Help Sexual Harassment Victims
Employees in New York City, Long Island and the surrounding metropolitan area receive protection from sex harassment in the workplace from various laws. Federal laws, state laws and city regulations prohibit sexual harassment and other conduct in the office. Navigating the complex, voluminous rules that define and govern sex harassment can be challenging, especially for an employee who finds himself or herself the victim of unlawful workplace behavior.
Employment discrimination attorneys at Leeds Brown Law, P.C. have spent decades assisting workers to understand their rights to work in a safe workplace and receive equal treatment. When an employer violates one of the many laws that prohibit discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation our lawyers know what to do to protect the best interests of the victim. From filing a claim to representing you in court, we can help you recover monetary damages and other remedies that may be available to compensate you for the unlawful behavior of your employer.
Sexual Harassment is Sex Discrimination
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that oversees the enforcement of job-related discrimination laws and assists with ensuring that rights in the workplace are protected. According to the agency, an employer may not discriminate against a job applicant or employee because of that person’s sex. To do so is unlawful sex discrimination. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and includes conduct such as unwanted requests for sexual favors, unwelcome advances, and physical or verbal harassment of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment in the workplace also includes making offensive comments about a person’s gender.
The laws don’t necessarily prohibit all teasing and joking, even when it is of a sexual nature. The occasional negative or inappropriate comment may not support a sexual harassment claim. However, when teasing or comments are pervasive enough to result in a hostile work environment or cause an adverse employment action, they may be unlawful.
Sexual Harassment can be “Quid Pro Quo” or “Hostile Work Environment.”
Quid pro quo – This type of sexual harassment occurs when a supervisor conditions an employment benefit on the completion of a sexual favor by a subordinate employee. The supervisor may promise something in exchange for an act or threaten negative consequences for refusing to engage in something. For instance, when a manager threatens to fire his assistant if she refuses his advances, it may fall into the unlawful quid pro quo sexual harassment category.
Hostile work environment – This type of harassment occurs when one or several people at work, make unwelcome sexual comments, jokes or gestures that make the target or others feel uncomfortable, unsafe or intimidated. Typically, the conduct must be pervasive enough that it interferes with the victim’s work performance or well-being. For instance, when a co-worker makes daily references to his sexual feelings toward a fellow employee’s body, she may feel threatened and forced to quit. The co-worker may have created a hostile work environment for the victim. Customers and vendors may also sexually harass an employee and form the basis of a complaint.
New York City Lawyers Help Identify Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
It may be hard to tell if what you are experiencing at work is sexual harassment that is unlawful. Every case is different and has to be examined closely based on its unique circumstances and facts. But there are some situations that may raise flags and cause you to think critically about the treatment you are receiving. Sexual harassment may include things such as:
- Losing your promised promotion after you refuse to accept your boss’s frequent invitations to celebrate with her.
- Being removed from a project because you reported to Human Resources that the project team spends a lot of time telling sexual jokes that make you uncomfortable.
- Being sexually assaulted by a colleague, supervisor, client, customer or vendor
- Receiving a “write up” or negative review after you refuse to respond to your supervisor’s advances.
- Being told you will not get your vacation time if you don’t have sex with your team leader.
- Being promised a raise by the president of the company in exchange for taking on some “private personal projects.”
- Finding a graphic sexual photo on your desk every day, left by a co-worker
- Receiving unsolicited and unwanted sexually explicit emails from your colleague or boss
- Being hugged by your office mates, kissed by your co-workers, or being the unwelcome recipient of “friendly” back massages
- Being repeatedly asked to disclose information about your personal sex life, despite your overt displeasure with being asked to do so.
- Hearing others discussing your body, your physical appearance in a sexual context
- Being “hit on” by an important customer who threatens to take away his business if you don’t comply, then telling your boss who asks you to “be a team player.”
Sexual harassment can occur in a variety of ways. If any of the above scenarios seem familiar to you, consider speaking with an experienced employment law attorney about filing a sexual harassment claim in New York City, Long Island and the metro area.
You May Be Entitled to a Substantial Award
Sex harassment is unlawful, and you have the power to enforce your rights. Learn more about them, and the remedies that may be available to you by calling Leeds Brown. Our professional legal staff can evaluate whether or not you have a viable claim against your employer, manager, boss or co-workers for sexual harassment.
If you have lost a job or promotion because of sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be entitled to recover back pay and reinstatement. Even if you are not the direct target of the harassment, it may still create a hostile environment for you resulting in the need for you to quit your job or serious emotional distress. These injuries may lead you to a significant monetary award or settlement.
Contact Us Today
Contact at Leeds Brown, representing employees in New York City and all surrounding boroughs. Let us provide a free case evaluation and begin the process of determining if you have a claim. There are time limits to file complaints so don’t wait. Call New York sexual harassment attorneys today at 1-800-585-4658 to find out more. Someone is here to take your phone call 24/7.