A woman from Queens, New York reports that she was required to endure lewd comments, sexting and groping while working or else she would lose her job.
A Queens woman is pursuing a suit against her former boss for sexual harassment. According to a report in NY Daily News, the young woman faced repeated instances of “groping, inappropriate comments and sexting” by her manager. The woman states that she was required to endure the acts of sexual harassment or she would lose her job. According to the report, the woman sent over a dozen of her boss’s inappropriate text messages to the business’s human resources department. Within three days of receiving these messages, the boss was fired.
If these allegations are supported, the woman will likely have a successful sexual harassment suit.
Sexual harassment in New York
Sexual harassment is illegal at many different levels. Federal law provides protections under Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the state of New York provides protections under New York State’s Human Rights Law and NYC protects its citizens under the New York City Administrative Code.
Sexual harassment can take two basic forms:
- Quid pro quo. This form of harassment occurs when submission to sexual conduct is clearly connected to an individual’s employment.
- Hostile work environment. The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), points out that Title VII provides employees with the right to work in an environment “free from discriminatory intimidation, ridicule and insult whether based on sex, race, religion or national origin.”
It is important to note that although sexual harassment is a gender-based form of discrimination, protections are available for both men and women. Protections are also available in New York to protect against same-sex forms of sexual harassment, regardless of either individual’s sexual orientation.
The law also offers protections against retaliation. This means that an employer is prohibited from attempting to demote, fire or otherwise negatively treat an employee because he or she filed a sexual harassment suit. These protections also extend to include those who participate in an investigation or testify during a hearing.
Legal counsel can help
Although protections are available, building a case can be intimidating. Establishing a case to help support an occurrence of harassment can require an investigation, interviews and gathering of evidence. As a result, those who believe they are the victims of harassment should contact an experienced Queens, New York sexual harassment attorney. This legal professional will help you build a case to hold those who violate these laws responsible for their actions.