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Sexual Advances

The leading New York discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates are dedicated to defending the rights of victims subjected to unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace. We have successfully handled all types of sexual harassment claims, providing the highest quality legal representation to our clients in New York City and the Tri-State area. Call today and speak to a New York sexual harassment attorney at (833) 529-3476.

Sexual Advances Are a Type of Harassing Behavior

Subjecting someone to unwelcome sexual advances is a form of sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is considered gender discrimination because it is any harmful or annoying conduct motivated by a person’s gender. Victims sometimes hesitate to report sexual advances because they can be subtle or intermittent. The perpetrator can pretend the whole thing was a “joke” or that the victim was only “imagining” the behavior. But having to field unwelcome sexual advances is never a laughing matter. Whether the conduct happens once, or becomes a pattern, the tension created by this predatory behavior results in a hostile work environment affecting the victimized employee’s work. Men and women are both capable of perpetrating this offensive conduct. Victims can likewise be of either gender.

Examples of unwelcome sexual advances include:

  • Lewd jokes or sexual anecdotes
  • Rude or offensive sexual gestures
  • Inappropriate touching or contact
  • Unwelcome calls, letters, or emails
  • Questions about past sexual history
  • Jokes about sexual preference or activity
  • Staring in a suggestive or offensive manner
  • Sharing sexually inappropriate images or videos
  • Comments about a person’s clothing, appearance, or body parts
  • Offensive comments about gender identity or sexual orientation

Our attorneys handle sexual harassment cases in the New York City area. Our consultation is free and there is no fee unless we recover. Call and speak to a New York sexual harassment attorney at (833) 529-3476.

Various Laws Protect You From Sexual Advances

In New York, city, state and federal laws protect victims of sexual harassment. Gender discrimination in all its forms, including sexual harassment, is prohibited by Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964. Sexual advances are a form of sexual harassment covered under this law. State antidiscrimination statutes such as New York’s Human Rights Law, make it unlawful “to discriminate against an individual in compensation, terms of conditions, or privileges of employment” because of the person’s sex. The Equal Employment Practices Commission likewise monitors New York City’s compliance with equal employment regulations. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the body charged with handling sexual harassment claims across the country.

Whether disguised as playful teasing or friendly hazing, sexual advances can make the workplace unbearable. Sometimes, perpetrators are open about the harassing conduct, indifferent to what others might think. In most cases, however, there are usually no witnesses. In these cases, it is important to keep a record of inappropriate conduct.

If you believe you are the victim of sexual harassment, keep a diary of all the times you had to field unwelcome sexual advances or tolerate offensive physical contact. Write down all the times the perpetrator shared lewd jokes, sexual anecdotes, or inappropriate material. Print out all the suggestive texts, emails, and letters you received. Report your concerns to supervisors and “up the chain of command” to management, knowing that any retaliation or breach of confidentiality with regard to your reporting is illegal. You can also seek legal recourse by filing a complaint with the EEOC. Our discrimination attorneys handle sexual harassment claims in the New York City area. Call today and speak to a sexual harassment lawyer at (833) 529-3476.

Seek Help if You Are a Victim of Sexual Advances

If you are the victim of unwelcome sexual advances, consult the experienced New York discrimination attorneys of Phillips & Associates. We can protect your rights and help you pursue your claim before the EEOC. At Phillips & Associates, our aggressive advocates have extensive experience litigating sexual harassment and discrimination claims and are committed to achieving the best possible outcome in your case. We understand that pursuing a sexual harassment claim is daunting, but believe that no one should have tolerate unwelcome sexual advances in the workplace. Our firm is dedicated to providing the highest quality legal representation to sexual harassment victims in all areas of New York. Call us today at (833) 529-3476 for a free, confidential consultation — there is no fee unless we recover — or Contact Us online.

Our consultation is free and there is no fee unless we recover. Call and speak to a NYC sexual harassment attorney at (833) 529-3476.

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