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Long Island Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Sexual Harassment

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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At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we represent employees in a broad spectrum of legal matters, including:


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.
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Employee Discrimination

Our lawyers are prepared to represent clients who face any type of employment discrimination such as:
Gender discrimination
Marital status discrimination
Pregnancy discrimination and FMLA violations
Sexual orientation discrimination, including transgender discrimination and harassment
Age discrimination
Race or national origin discrimination
Disability discrimination
Religious discrimination
Criminal record discrimination
Violations of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)
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Wage & Hour Disputes

We handle many cases that involve wage and hour disputes, including people in certain industries who often fall victim to these situations as well as instances involving:
Unpaid overtime
Under-the-table compensation
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Education Law

New York City teachers face challenges inside and outside the classroom. When they face the possibility of losing their jobs, they deserve representation by experienced attorneys.

At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., employment law is our sole focus. We have represented teachers facing a broad spectrum of legal issues and we are committed to protecting teachers’ rights. To learn more, please do not hesitate to contact us and schedule a free initial and confidential consultation at our Queens or Long Island offices today.

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Wrongful Termination

Even in an ‘At Will’ Work Situation, You Have the Right to Work. Employers will always claim that they had a valid reason to lay off or fire an employee. But in many circumstances, this is just disguised discrimination of one form or another. Continued employment and advancement is frequently based on performance reviews. If you have a perfect record, then suddenly go from perfect to pariah, it may be a case of your supervisor or employer giving a negative review in order to have an excuse to remove you from your position or deny a promotion.

Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.

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Other Employment Law Issues

As a full-service employment law firm, we can also help you with:
Labor and union representation
Mediation and arbitration matters
Employment contract negotiations and matters
Employer defense
Our New York employment attorneys are dedicated to ensuring that all workers have the opportunity to pursue successful careers, and experience workplaces that are free of harassment or other situations that create tension.
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Different Forms of Sexual Harassment in Long Island

Sexual harassment in general can take two different forms:

  • Quid pro quo harassment (or “this for that”), which is a type of sexual harassment in which an employer or superior seeks sexual favors from an employee in exchange for benefits in the workplace or at the threat of demotion or termination; and
  • Hostile work environment harassment, which is a form of sexual harassment in which the harassing behavior is so extreme, or so pervasive, that it rises to the level of creating a hostile work environment. A single incident can be sufficient to establish a hostile work environment in some cases.

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Who Can File a Sexual Harassment Claim?

With quid pro quo sexual harassment, the person who files the claim is typically the employee who is facing the harassment. However, with hostile workplace sexual harassment, anyone who is affected may be eligible to file a claim. To be clear, an employee who is the target of the harassment can file a claim, or another employee who is affected or impacted by the harassment may be eligible to move forward with a sexual harassment claim.

Unlike some other forms of workplace discrimination, it is also essential to know that people beyond an employer or a supervisor can be responsible for sexual harassment in the Long Island workplace. Any of the following people or parties, for instance, can perpetrate sexual harassment that can result in a state or federal claim:

  • Employer;
  • Supervisor;
  • Co-worker;
  • Customer;
  • Client;
  • Vendor; or
  • Supplier.

Contact a Long Island Sexual Harassment Lawyer for Assistance with Your Claim

If you have faced sexual harassment in the workplace, you should not have to face the process of filing a complaint alone. One of our experienced Long Island sexual harassment lawyers can evaluate your case, discuss your options for filing a state or federal claim, and guide you through every step of the complaint process. Whether you file your claim through the New York Division of Human Rights or the EEOC, we will be here to advocate you and to represent your interests. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online for assistance with your case or call us today at 347-464-8694 to speak with an advocate about moving forward with your claim.

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