Long Island Sexual Harassment Lawyers
New York Sexual Harassment Attorneys Representing Clients in Long Island
Sexual harassment is unlawful in workplaces on Long Island under both New York state and federal law.
When you are the target of sexual harassment on the job, or your work is affected by ongoing or a single egregious act of sexual harassment at work, you may be able to file a sexual harassment claim. It is critical to know that employers can be liable for sexual harassment even if they do not perpetrate it in the workplace. Further, employers can be liable for sexual harassment if they fail to take action once harassment is reported.
Whether you have been the target of sexual harassment in your workplace or your job has been impacted by sexual harassment that takes place at work, one of our Long Island sexual harassment lawyers can speak with you about your options for filing a claim. You may be eligible to seek a remedy under state or federal law depending upon the specific circumstances of your case.
What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment, according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), can include “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.” At the same time, sexual harassment “does not have be of a sexual nature,” and it “can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex.” According to the New York Division of Human Rights, “sexually harassing conduct can consist of unwanted verbal or physical sexual advances, sexually explicit statements, or discriminatory remarks that are offensive or objectionable to the recipient.”
To be clear, sexual harassment is an unlawful form of sex discrimination that is prohibited under the New York State Human Rights Law and federally under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Examples of Sexual Harassment in Long Island Workplaces
The New York Division of Human Rights provides a variety of examples that reveal the forms sexual harassment can take. Some of those examples include the following:
- Requests for sexual favors from a boss or employer, which are followed by implied or explicit threats against the employee related to a performance evaluation or job security if the employee does not agree to the sexual favors;
- Pressure for any unwanted sexual activities, whether it is subtle or overt;
- Verbal harassment that involves sexual comments or questions;
- Physical contact that is unnecessary or inappropriate;
- Displaying of lewd or sexually explicit photographs in the workplace; and/or
- Frequent derogatory comments about a person’s abilities based on sex or gender.
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