Sexual Harassment Attorneys: Queens, New York
What Some Call ‘Teasing’ May Be Sexual Harassment
This is a question a lot of people ask themselves when it comes to sexual harassment. We all want to be at ease with members of the opposite sex, and we want to be able to behave normally around our colleagues. However, when comments that seem “normal” to one person make another person uncomfortable, that line may have been crossed.
Sexual harassment is considered to be repeated requests for dates or sexual favors, lewd comments, posting or sharing of pornographic pictures when one person is made uncomfortable, and requests or pressure from a supervisor for sexual favors in return for promotion or continued employment for an employee.
Most people are able to blow off a single incident. However, if the atmosphere of harassment continues, you feel further demeaned and a hostile work environment situation develops, it becomes a serious issue. This is especially true where it is a supervisor-subordinate relationship because the superior has influence over your career and everyday work life.
Workplace Retaliation and Sexual Harassment Claims
Many people are afraid to report sexual harassment because they don’t want to be seen as “whiney” or a “troublemaker.” It is illegal for your employer to tolerate sexual harassment in the workplace. You have a right to report this behavior and a right to expect not to be retaliated against for doing so.
Liability for Sexual Harassment in The Workplace
According to the NY Department of Human Rights, employers can be held responsible for sexual harassment in the workplace in the following circumstances:
- If the harassment was the fault of a co-owner, manager, or supervisor the employer is responsible, regardless of whether or not they knew it was occurring;
- If the harassment occurred among regular employees, the employer can be held responsible if they knew about it, should have known about it, or failed to have a sexual harassment policy in place.
If you have reported harassment on the job to no avail or have faced retaliation as a result of your complaint, such as being fired, demoted, or intimidated into dropping your claim, you may be entitled to damages in a civil lawsuit. These damages include job reinstatement, compensation for lost wages and benefits, and payment of court costs and attorney fees. You may also be entitled to compensation for any medical or emotional illness or symptoms you suffered as a result.
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If you have been dealing with sexual harassment from colleagues or your supervisor, come into Ricotta & Marks, P.C., today and tell us your story. Our skilled New York employment law attorneys will advise you as to all of your options for dealing with a sexual harassment case against your employer. We have the resources and skill to help you bring your story to light and hold those responsible, accountable and know the federal, state and local laws that affect companies when it comes to sexual harassment.
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