If you believe that you are being subjected to sexist behavior in the workplace, contact the New York sexual harassment lawyers at Phillips & Associates. Our attorneys are dedicated to defending the rights of victims who have experienced employment-related sexist treatment. We have successfully handled the full range of sexual harassment cases, and offer high quality legal representation to our clients not just in Manhattan, but throughout the Tri-State area as well.IDENTIFYING SEXIST BEHAVIOR IN THE WORKPLACE
Oftentimes, individual perpetrators of sexist behavior may remain unaware, or at least claim to be unaware, of the offensiveness of their conduct, or argue that they didn’t know any better. However, in one recent study, researchers found that men continued to endorse sexist behavior even after they became more conscious of it. This was most common in cases of so-called “benevolent sexism,” which included things such as complimenting women on stereotypically feminine behavior, sheltering or protecting them from more “masculine” tasks, or calling women girls.
By failing to address these more “benign” forms of sexism, employers and employees not only risk impliedly condoning these attitudes, but could also find themselves on the slippery slope of potential liability for more egregious forms of gender discrimination and harassment.
For example, in one federal lawsuit against a major aerospace company, the plaintiffs alleged that among other grievances, the women who were assigned to certain skill-related tasks were often asked to sweep the floors and clean up after male workers, rather than to perform their assigned skill-related duties. The company involved in the suit had recently reached a multi-million dollar settlement with the Labor Department for other allegations related to underpaying women and minority employees.SEXIST BEHAVIOR IS NOT PROTECTED IN THE WORKPLACE
Under New York state and federal laws, all forms of sexual harassment are protected against under the umbrella of gender discrimination. Sexist behavior may more explicitly fall under the purview of the New York Human Rights Law, which makes it unlawful “to discriminate against an individual in compensation, terms of conditions, or privileges of employment” because of the person’s sex. For example, under this standard, if a female employee is passed over for promotion, or only assigned a certain kind of work on the basis of her gender, this could be considered a form of gender discrimination.SEEK HELP IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OF SEXUAL ADVANCES
You do not have to tolerate sexist behavior by co-workers or managers in the workplace. If you feel that you have been a victim of sexist behavior, or you feel that sexist behavior is pervasive in your work environment, contact the experienced New York discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates. Our attorneys will fight aggressively to protect your rights, and strive to recover the compensation that you deserve. Our firm is dedicated to providing caring and comprehensive legal representation to sexual harassment victims in all areas of New York. Call us today at (212) 248-7431 for your free, confidential consultation, or Contact Us using the online form on this website.
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