Sexual harassment is never appropriate in the workplace under any circumstance. This type of behavior is prohibited under state and federal employment laws, and can result in a range of emotional and psychological trauma.
Regardless of whether you are sexually harassed by an employee, superior, client or customer, the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel and Bavaro is here to protect your rights. We have been representing victims of workplace sexual harassment in New York City for over 30 years, securing substantial rewards for our clients for the emotional pain and suffering they have endured.
What Is Considered Workplace Sexual Harassment
Some victims of sexual harassment do not report the behavior because they associate this behavior only with acts of sexual assault. However, sexual harassment can be very broad. Sexual assault is considered any sexual conduct, whether it be physical, verbal or mental. Many forms of sexual harassment could justify a lawsuit, and not all of them are of a physical nature. Victims of sexual harassment may experience:
- requests for sexual favors
- coercion of sexual favors for advancement or benefits on the job
- physical acts of sexual assault
- verbal harassment of sexual nature such as jokes
- unwelcome sexual advances
- unwanted sexually explicit photos, emails or text messages
- unwanted touching or physical contact
- feeling pressured to engage with someone sexually
- discussing sexual relations/stories/fantasies at work
- exposing oneself or performing sexual acts on oneself
Victims of crimes related to sexual assault, specifically, may experience:
- attempted rape
- penetration of a victim’s body (rape)
- forcing someone to perform sexual acts on their body
- unwanted touching or fondling
You have the right go to work without being harassed or fearing for your safety. If you are feeling uncomfortable by physical or verbal sexual advances by someone you work with, you could have a claim for employment discrimination. The first step is to report any incident of sexual harassment through your company’s complaint process, if available. Next, contact an attorney who is experienced in employment discrimination law to determine whether or not you may be eligible for compensation for any damages you have sustained on the job.
Two Types of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment on the job creates an impossible working environment for employees to comfortably and adequately perform their job. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there are two types of sexual harassment:
- Quid Pro Quo: Sexual harassment cases falling under this category include when someone implies that sexual favors will lead to benefits or advancements in employment. This could be a pay increase, promotion or even avoiding disciplinary consequences. Quid Pro Quo cases of sexual harassment are typically committed by supervisors and those in management positions who have the power to significantly change the course of an employee’s future on the job.
- Hostile Work Environment: Sexual harassment under this category can include anyone at work who creates a hostile working environment for an employee through gestures, speech or conduct of a sexual nature. These acts are harder to detect and may go on for a long period of time before reported. They can involve superiors, coworkers, customers, patients, vendors or any other individuals the employee commonly comes in contact with at work.
Our employment discrimination attorneys understand cases of sexual harassment are sensitive and emotionally stressful. At the law firm of Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, we will provide the utmost compassion and confidentiality you deserve, focusing heavily on educating you on your rights to a safe and harassment-free workplace. Our team possesses the skills necessary to hold harassers accountable for their actions and obtain financial support for you in your time of need.
Sexual Harassment Is Not Easy To Spot
Many victims of sexual harassment are embarrassed and ashamed to report when they are being discriminated against at work, and others are unsure as to whether what they are experiencing meets the guidelines of sexual harassment or not.
Sexual harassment can occur in many different circumstances. The EEOC says:
- The victim may be a man or a woman.
- The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex.
- The harasser can be a supervisor, a coworker, a non-employee or subcontractor
- The victim could be a person who is negatively affected by witnessing the harassment of others.
- The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome.
New York City employees are protected under Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 and New York State’s Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law against unwanted sexual advances in the workplace. Our winning employment discrimination attorneys are aggressive advocates for employees who experience sexual harassment at work and uphold the laws made to protect your best interests and seek justice for your pain and suffering.
New York City Advocates Against Sexual Harassment
At Salenger, Sack, Kimmel & Bavaro, our team knows how difficult it can be to stand up to your harasser and pursue a lawsuit for sexual harassment. With over three decades of experience and knowledge regarding the state and federal laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the workplace, our lawyers will guide you through the process every step of the way. Contact our employment discrimination attorneys today for a free consultation to review your case and explore your options for seeking justice against sexual harassment.