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Sexual harassment can be both painful and financially detrimental to the worker who experienced it. Harassing conduct could include unwelcome sexual advances, derogatory comments based on a worker’s sex, obscene texts or images or emails, requests for sexual favors, and blocking or impeding a worker’s path as a form of intimidation. It can also include crimes like rape or sexual assault. Many workers are afraid to report sexual harassment to HR or file a charge. It is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for complaining of sexual advances or taking legal action. You need a trustworthy New York sexual harassment lawyer by your side. You should call Phillips & Associates about your claim. We have years of experience fighting for workers who have been mistreated in the workplace based on a protected characteristic and seek best outcomes in negotiation and mediation, and at trial.

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can range dramatically. It can include a boss propositioning an employee, or a manager criminally sexually assaulting a worker during an office holiday party. It may involve sexist behavior by coworkers and supervisors. It could also include sexual advances by supervisors or during the hiring process. Sexual harassment is illegal under federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. It is crucial to call a seasoned sexual harassment lawyer that represents clients in New York City about your particular situation.

Types of Harassment:

The stereotypical sexual harassment scenario is a man in a figure of authority harassing a woman worker who is subordinate to him in the office hierarchy. However, sexual harassment is more various than that. While it is often clearer that conduct is harassment when perpetrated by a supervisor of the opposite sex, it can also be perpetrated by a coworker or customer, and it can be committed by someone of the same sex as you. Harassment may involve any of the following or some combination of them:

Many employers conduct team building exercises away from their principal place of business or hold holiday or office parties. It is crucial to be aware that you may have grounds to bring a workplace harassment lawsuit even if you are away from your employer’s offices if you were engaged in tasks or events that were job-related.

Lawyers to Help You Recognize Workplace Sexual Harassment in New York City

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the federal law prohibiting sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination, is enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Traditionally, the EEOC categorizes sexual harassment as “quid pro quo” or “hostile work environment.” Title VII applies to workplaces with at least 15 employees.

The New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law provide broader protection for workers than federal law does. Similar to the city law, which is widely considered one of the most protective civil rights laws in the country, State law specifies that you only need to show that the sexual harassment of which you complain rises above the level or petty slights and trivial inconveniences. In the past, employers were able to defend themselves by arguing that employees had not used their internal complaint procedure, and therefore shouldn’t be able to proceed with their claim. However, under state law, this defense is no longer available.

Consult a Seasoned New York City Lawyer About Whether You Have a Case

The #MeToo movement has increased visibility and public awareness of sexual harassment, but it remains a phenomenon that causes workers who experience it shame and a feeling of degradation. Many workers remain silent, fearful of retaliatory conduct by a powerful employer. At Phillips & Associates, our sexual harassment lawyers represent those sexually harassed in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Bronx, Nassau County, or Suffolk County. Call us at (212) 248-7431 or complete our online form. We understand that it is terrifying to face the prospect of losing your job or losing your source of income altogether, and therefore, we represent workers on a contingency fee basis and offer free consultations.

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