The renowned New York discrimination lawyers at Phillips & Associates are at the forefront of defending victims of sexual discrimination. Our leading workplace discrimination attorneys have recovered compensation for victims subjected to sexual coercion and other forms of sexual harassment. We provide the highest quality legal representation to victims in New York City and the Tri-State region. Call today and speak to a New York discrimination attorney at (212) 248-7431.Sexual Coercion Often Goes Unreported
Sexual coercion refers to any type of conduct used to persuade or manipulate another person to engage in sexual activity. Coercion is another name for "duress" and is used by the perpetrator to take something from the victim against his or her will. While not widely discussed, sexual coercion is nevertheless prevalent in the workplace: according to the U.S. Department of Labor, over 70% of employees report that they have been victims of sexual coercion at work. Most victims know their perpetrators and even consider them to be a "friend" or "acquaintance."
Unlike other forms of sexual harassment, sexual coercion is less about "power," and more about sex. Perpetrators often use any means possible to force victims against their will. This may include preying on a victim's insecurity or low self-esteem or otherwise exploiting the victim's vulnerability. Studies show that victims of childhood sex abuse or substance abuse are especially vulnerable to sexual manipulation. Common tactics used to perpetrate sexual coercion include:
- Emotional manipulation
- Use of drugs and alcohol
- Begging, pleading, or flattery
- Lying, arguing, or misleading
- Demeaning jokes, put-downs, or insults
- Persistent attempts to have sexual contact
- Threat of social isolation
- Using guilt or peer pressure
- Threatening the loss of a job or promotion
- Exploiting a position of power or dominance
- Taking advantage of the level of trust or intimacy in a relationship
- Buying gifts or spending money to make victims feel they "owe" sex
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 discrimination attorney at (212) 248-7431.Various Laws Protect You From Sexual Coercion
While sexual coercion is inappropriate anywhere, it is legally actionable at work. All forms of gender discrimination, including sexual harassment, are prohibited by state and federal law. Victims of sexual harassment may file suit under Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which forbids sexual discrimination in the workplace. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the government body responsible for enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other anti-discrimination laws. The EEOC guidelines prohibit sexual coercion and other forms of harassment where they become the basis of employment decisions or "unreasonably interfere with" work performance, creating a hostile work environment.
State antidiscrimination statutes such as New York's Human Rights Law also make it unlawful "to discriminate against an individual in compensation, terms of conditions, or privileges of employment" because of the person's sex. The EEOC monitors the city's compliance with equal employment regulations and handles claims alleging sexual coercion in the workplace. Our New York discrimination attorneys handle sexual harassment claims in the New York City area. Call today and speak to a sexual harassment lawyer at (212) 248-7431.Look For Help If You Are A Victim Of Sexual Coercion
If you are the victim of sexual coercion, contact the New York discrimination attorneys at Phillips & Associates immediately. The EEOC has strict requirements and deadlines to file a claim for sexual harassment. Any delay can result in the loss of important evidence and may even bar your right to relief. At Phillips & Associates, we understand it is difficult to report incidents of sexual coercion. Cases often turn on one person's word against another's, making credibility a critical issue. That is why it is important to have an attorney who is experienced in proving instances of sexual coercion and other forms of harassing conduct. Our lawyers at Phillips & Associates have successfully handled all types of sexual harassment claims, and are dedicated to helping you recover compensation for your injuries and unlawful mistreatment by your employer and colleagues. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today at (212) 248-7431 or contact us online.
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