Phillips & Associates

Sexual Intimidation


If you are facing sexual intimidation in the workplace, contact the New York sexual harassment attorneys at Phillips & Associates. Our attorneys have experience in successfully handling all types of sexual harassment claims, and we are dedicated to defending the rights of victims subjected to sexual intimidation the workplace. We pride ourselves in providing high quality legal representation to clients throughout the New York City and the Tri-State area.


Sexual intimidation is just one form of sexual harassment, and occurs when one person engages in behavior or makes comments intended to intimidate another person. These actions are typically offensive due to their sexually inappropriate or otherwise gender related content.

Sexual intimidation can occur either between members of the same sex or opposite sex. It can also occur between co-workers, and doesn’t necessarily have to occur between a supervisor and subordinate, as is sometimes believed to be the case. It can poke fun at sexuality or sexual orientation, or just be patently lewd or offensive.

Some common examples of sexual intimidation in the workplace include:

  • Several employees posting sexually explicit or demeaning jokes, pictures, cartoons, or other materials on an office bulletin board;
  • An employee sending emails to coworkers that contain sexually explicit language and jokes;
  • Repeatedly standing too close to or brushing up against a person;
  • Repeatedly asking a person to socialize during off-duty hours when the person has previously declined;
  • Giving gifts or leaving objects that are sexually suggestive;
  • Repeatedly making sexually suggestive gestures; or
  • Off-duty, unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that affects the work environment.

In one large-scale lawsuit, for example, female employees alleged that the managers at the firm they worked at engaged in sexual harassment and retaliated against women who complained. Once manager was accused of constructing a “boom boom room,” where he claimed that female employees who did not behave could be “dealt with.”


In New York, city, state, and federal laws protect victims of sexual harassment. Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits against all forms of gender discrimination, which includes sexual harassment. Sexual intimidation is a form of sexual harassment that is protected under this law. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal organization that handles sexual harassment claims across the country. Therefore, if you have been subjected to sexual intimidation, you’ll want to ensure that you hire an attorney fully versed in the EEOC’s regulations and procedures. New York State law offers additional protections against unlawful gender discrimination and sexual harassment, similar to those of Title VII.

If you believe that you have been a victim of sexual intimidation in the workplace, be sure to document any incidents of inappropriate conduct, and keep a record of any inappropriate emails, texts, or other messages.


If you are the victim of sexual intimidation, or you believe that an individual in your workplace or your employer creates a sexually intimidating environment, consult the experienced New York sexual harassment lawyers at Phillips & Associates. We can protect your rights and help you pursue your claim before the EEOC or at trial. At Phillips & Associates, 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 aggressive attorneys have extensive experience litigating sexual harassment and discrimination claims, and are committed to achieving the best possible outcome in your case. We are dedicated to providing high quality legal representation to sexual harassment victims in all areas of New York. Call us today at (212) 248-7431 to schedule a free, confidential consultation or Contact Us online.

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