Sexual Harassment in New York
New York Harassment at Work
Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcome attention of a sexual nature. It can also be suggestive behavior, requests for sexual favors, and other offensive behavior of a sexual nature made by an employer or co-worker in the workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law all prohibit this type of conduct in the work place and make employers liable for violations by imposing civil fines and awarding damages to victims. Employers facing this type of allegation should promptly contact a New York sexual harassment lawyer at The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC for experienced legal counsel.
Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment generally falls into one of two categories—quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment. An example of quid pro quo harassment would be if a superior requests sexual favors from an employee with the implicit or explicit promise of favorable employment actions, such as promotion, pay raises, or hiring, in return—or unfavorable employment actions, such as demotion, discipline, or termination for not complying. If you are experiencing this type of harassment, a New York sexual harassment attorney can help you put a stop to it and recover compensation for what you have experienced.
Hostile work environment harassment is more common. Superiors, coworkers, or even clients can perpetrate this type of harassment. It can include actions such as using obscene language, unwanted touching, repeated and unwanted requests for dates, sexual insinuation, telling obscene or derogatory jokes, posting obscene or derogatory pictures, and other similar actions. While the law does not prohibit minor isolated incidents, conduct becomes harassment when it is so frequent as to create an offensive workplace or when it results in the victim suffering an adverse employment action such as termination. Employers must investigate and promptly remedy any such conduct and may be liable if they fail to do so.
Whether you are an employee experiencing sexual harassment by a superior or co-worker, or an employer against whom an employee has alleged sexual harassment, the New York sexual harassment lawyers of The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC can counsel you on a proper course of action.
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Out attorneys represent both employees and employers nationwide in sexual harassment cases. We also provide legal counsel to employers in adopting policies to avoid incidents of sexual harassment. Call the New York sexual harassment attorneys at The Watanabe Law Firm, LLC at 212-486-7005 or use our contact form to review your potential sexual harassment claim.