Princeton Sexual Harassment

Experienced Employment Attorneys Representing Princeton Residents, Employees and Workers

When you come to work, you expect to be valued for your productivity and the quality of your work and not sexually objectified. If you have been sexually harassed on the job, you are likely feeling a range of negative emotions, including embarrassment and anger. A sexual harassment lawsuit may allow you to recover damages for the wrongs that you have suffered. At Phillips & Associates, our Princeton sexual harassment lawyers can evaluate your situation and help you file suit under federal or state laws as appropriate.

Pursuing a Sexual Harassment Claim

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that is prohibited by Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). Title VII applies only to employers that have 15 or more employees. The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination applies to all employers in New Jersey.

Sexual harassment may be perpetrated by a manager, supervisor, coworker, client, or customer. It may occur between men and women, between men and men or women and women, or against a transgender worker. The harassment may include any type of unwelcome sexual advances, including explicit remarks, jokes, groping, touching, kissing, repeatedly asking for a date or sex, and innuendoes. Generally, employers are supposed to make sure that sexual harassment does not take place on the job and protect you if it does.

Workplace Sexual Harassment in New Jersey

There are two forms of sexual harassment: hostile work environment and quid pro quo harassment. A Hostile Work Environment exists if a reasonable person, in the victims shoes, would believe that the workplace had become hostile and changed due to frequent or severe instances of sexual harassment. It is not likely that a court will find that a hostile work environment arose from something trivial, such as one offhand remark or joke about sex. However, a single instance of inappropriate touching might be considered severe enough to be considered sexual harassment. Quid pro quo harassment happens if an employer tries to condition your employment, or your employment’s benefits (such as raises, hours, overtime, etc.,) on submitting to the harassment or advances. For example, if your supervisor promises you extra hours if you date him or her, or threatens to demote/fire you if you do not give into his or her demands - that is quid pro quo sexual harassment (whether you give in or not.). Our sexual harassment attorneys can guide Princeton residents through claims based on either quid pro quo or hostile work environment harassment.

In order for an employer to be liable for an employee's sexual harassment of another employee creating a hostile work environment under the New Jersey law, a plaintiff needs to show that the harassing conduct would not have happened but for the employee's sex/gender, it was so severe or pervasive that it would be enough to make a reasonable person believe that the employment conditions had been altered, and the environment was either hostile or abusive. Also, the employee must show that the Company either knew, or should have known, of the harassment. More importantly, you cannot be retaliated against for filing a complaint of sexual harassment.

Consult a Sexual Harassment Lawyer in Princeton or Beyond

Princeton is a New Jersey college town that is equally close to New York City and Philadelphia. Its total area is about 18 square miles. If you believe that you have suffered from sexual harassment on the job, the Princeton sexual harassment attorneys at Phillips & Associates may be able to counsel you and represent you in a lawsuit for damages. Contact us at (609) 436-9087 or through our online form to set up a free appointment. Our employment lawyers help people in communities, such as Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Union, Hudson, Somerset, Middlesex, Monmouth, Mercer, Burlington and Camden Counties.

Managing Partner in New Jersey - Bryan Arce