By Ricotta & Marks, P.C. on August 1st, 2021 in
What Are My Rights Against Workplace Sexual Harassment? While there is nothing inherently wrong about joking around and having friendly relationships with your coworkers, there are situations in which certain types of comments, actions, or gestures can get out of line. Despite attempts by human resources managers and employee relations professionals to raise on-the-job awareness regarding inappropriate behavior and the damage it causes, sexual harassment continues to be a problem in the workplace.
At Ricotta and Marks, P.C., we understand how difficult these situations can be, and the hesitancy of victims to speak up about the harassment they are facing. Our sexual harassment lawyers can help defend your rights, while offering you legal protection against retaliation.
Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
The New York Attorney General’s Office defines sexual harassment as unwanted sexual conduct which can impact employers regardless of their sex or sexual orientation. Harassment may be used as a bargaining chip in granting raises and promotions, or may play into hiring practices. It can also create a hostile and intimidating work environment, leading workers to suffer all types of both physical and emotional ailments as a result. Common types of sexual harassment include:
- Making sexually offensive comments or jokes;
- Sending offensive or pornographic emails;
- Posting flyers and distributing memos with sexually based pictures and comments;
- Requesting favors of a sexually suggestive nature;
- Making sexual gestures;
- Inappropriately touching or grabbing coworkers;
- Coercing coworkers into sexual acts.
All of the above are prohibited by both state and federal law, and could leave the employee committing these acts as well as the employer themselves open to a civil lawsuit.
Reach Out to Us for Help
When you are facing sexual harassment on the job or are dealing with potential retaliation for filing a claim, contact Ricotta and Marks, P.C. right away. Our experienced New York sexual harassment attorneys can help defend your rights in these types of situations, while making sure you get the compensation you are entitled to. Call or contact our office online today to discuss your case.