New York Harassment Lawyers
Harassment is offensive and disturbing behavior based upon a protected characteristic such as gender, age, or disability. Harassment can include derogatory or obscene language, inappropriate jokes or comments, posting of inappropriate materials, or unwanted touching or physical contact. When this conduct becomes so pervasive or extreme as to create a hostile work environment, it becomes harassment.
If based on a characteristic protected by federal or state law, workplace harassment in New York is a form of employment discrimination. Federal law prohibits harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, sex, and most recently, genetics. The New York State Human Rights Law and other similar municipal laws also prohibit harassment based on sexual orientation, marital or familial status, military status, and a number of other characteristics in addition to those protected under federal law.
These statutes also prohibit reprisals against individuals who report, file complaints, or participate in investigations regarding incidents of harassment or discrimination. Consulting a New York harassment attorney at The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC can help you understand your rights and obligations under federal and state harassment laws.
Harassment Protection by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Even if employers do not directly engage in harassment, they have a duty to take reasonable steps to prevent it. This includes adopting policies that let employees and customers know that harassment is not acceptable, establishing reporting procedures for victims of harassment, and taking swift action to discontinue and correct incidents of harassment that may occur.
Victims of workplace harassment have rights under local, state, and federal laws. They can seek corrective action and compensation from their employers through a government agency—such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) of the New York State Division of Human Rights—or through a federal or state court. But there are several options for pursuing such a claim and time limitations for doing so. Promptly consulting the New York harassment attorneys at The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC can help put a stop to harassment at your workplace.
Conversely, if you are an employer facing allegations of creating a hostile work environment, sexual harassment, or engaging in workplace discrimination in New York, you should contact The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC for advice on the company’s legal options and how best to respond.
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For employees and employers, The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC handles many harassment litigation cases in New York and other jurisdictions each year. Our New York harassment attorneys will explain your options and recommend a course of action concerning your claim. If you are an executive or workplace professional and are in need of workplace legal counsel or representation due to allegations of harassment, contact The Watanabe Law Firm at 212-0486-7005 or by e-mail.