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Suffolk County Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Sexual Harassment

New York Sexual Harassment Attorneys Representing Employees in Suffolk County

Nobody should have to experience sexual harassment in the workplace or retaliation for reporting sexual harassment on the job. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., we regularly represent employees in sexual harassment lawsuits. The dedicated Suffolk County sexual harassment lawyers at our firm are committed to helping employees seek appropriate remedies when they have been subjected to sexual harassment at work or when they have been demoted, terminated, or subject to other retaliatory actions after reporting sexual harassment or participating in a sexual harassment investigation.

What is Sexual Harassment in Suffolk County?

Sexual harassment is unlawful as a form of sex discrimination under both state and federal law. The New York State Human Rights Law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, including sexual harassment. The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission (EEOC) explains that sexual harassment can include “unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.” At the same time, it is critical to understand that sexual harassment does not necessarily have to be of a sexual nature. To be sure, the EEOC explains that unlawful sexual harassment “can include offensive remarks about a person’s sex,” such as “offensive comments about women in general.”

You should know that, although an employer can be liable for sexual harassment by a supervisor or coworker, many different parties can behave in a way that constitutes unlawful sexual harassment, such as:

  • Employer;
  • Manager or supervisor;
  • Co-worker;
  • Vendor;
  • Customer; or
  • Client.

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Labor Employment Lawyers in Queens and Long Island

Advocating on Behalf of
Employees

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

Harassment

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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Examples of Sexual Harassment in Suffolk County

Unlawful sexual harassment can take many different forms. Some examples of sexual harassment provided by the New York Division of Human Rights include the following:

  • Request for sexual favors, which can be accompanied by threats if you fail to comply (such as termination from your job or a demotion, for example);
  • Obvious pressure for unwelcome sexual activities;
  • Subtle pressure for unwelcome sexual activities;
  • Verbal harassment that takes the form of sexual comments or comments about a person’s sex;
  • Inappropriate physical contact; or
  • Displaying lewd images.

As the New York Division of Human Rights explains, these examples can constitute unlawful harassment under the New York State Human Rights law and Title VII when one of the following is true:

  • Submitting to sexual conduct is a term or condition of your employment (which is made clear either explicitly or implicitly);
  • Submitting to the sexual conduct or behavior, or rejecting it, is used as a basis of an employment action (including promotion, demotion, or termination);
  • Sexual conduct or behavior interferes with your work performance; or
  • Sexual conduct or behavior creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.

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Contact Our Suffolk County Sexual Harassment Attorneys for Assistance with Your Claim

If you have any concerns about sexual harassment in your Long Island workplace, or if you need assistance filing a sexual harassment claim, an experienced Suffolk County sexual harassment lawyer at our firm can begin working with you today. Our firm has years of experience representing employees in a wide variety of employment discrimination claims, and we are committed to helping you fight unlawful discrimination in the workplace. Contact Ricotta & Marks, P.C. online or call us today at (347) 464-8694.

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