I Rejected My Boss' Advances and got Fired - What Should I do?
We all hope to work for admirable, high-quality leaders. Unfortunately, many supervisors and bosses abuse their authority by making sexual advances towards employees. This creates an impossible situation for employees who want to succeed in their jobs and move up the corporate ladder. All too often, a supervisor will terminate an employee for false or unjust reasons after the worker turns down the supervisor’s inappropriate sexual advances. At Phillips & Associates, our sexual harassment attorneys can help you take legal action against a New York City employer when its illegal conduct interferes with your job.Holding Employers Accountable for Wrongful Termination
Many employers and employees work in close quarters over long hours. In some situations, co-workers spend more time with each other than they do with their own friends and families. Although this can lead to successful business ventures, it can also give rise to situations in which a supervisor makes unwanted and inappropriate sexual advances towards his or her employees. Sexual advances can take many forms, including inappropriate jokes, gestures, and physical harassment like touching or intimidation. Some sexual advances may be made through written communications like emails, text messages, or notes.
If you believe that you have been the subject of your boss’ unwanted sexual advances, you may want to keep a diary of the date and location that each incident occurred and any physical evidence of the unwanted advance. Report these incidents to the appropriate person in your company’s chain of command or management. If these individuals fail to take appropriate steps, you have the option to pursue legal action.
Regrettably, many employers do not choose the appropriate response to reports of unwanted sexual advances from a supervising employee. If you have made a report regarding unwanted sexual advances and you were fired as a result, you can bring a retaliation claim against your employer. There are many state and federal laws that provide protections for employees who report incidents of sexual harassment and are fired as a result. Other adverse and unlawful actions that employees may face after filing a report include demotions, reductions in assignments, reduced hours, or alienation.
In order to prevail on a retaliation claim, the employee must provide evidence that the employer’s motive for terminating the employee was retaliation and not based on some other factor, such as company-wide layoffs or a decline in the employee’s performance. It is also beneficial to provide circumstantial evidence indicating that other workers in a similar situation were not subjected to the same retaliatory treatment.Consult a Gender Discrimination Attorney in New York City
We rely on our employers to earn a steady living and hope to enjoy a collegial workplace environment. If you have been the subject of unwanted harassment and were terminated after rejecting your boss’ sexual advances, you may be able to file a claim against your employer seeking compensation for your damages. The sensitive subject matter of these lawsuits can make it difficult for the parties to have professional and productive discussions about the events that took place.We Fight Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
At Phillips & Associates, our gender discrimination lawyers can guide residents of New York City through every step of the legal process and help them collect the evidence and witness testimony they need to build a case against an employer that engaged in wrongful termination. We offer a free confidential consultation, and we do not recover fees unless we obtain a settlement or a judgment in your favor. Call us now at (212) 248 – 7431 or contact us online to set up an appointment. We have represented individuals throughout the five boroughs of New York City, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Queens.