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New York City Sexual Harassment Laws & Sexual Harassment Lawyers in NYC

New York City anti-harassment (e.g. sexual harassment) and anti-discrimination (race, gender)  laws are some of the most pro-employee, comprehensive civil rights laws in the country and with New York city having well over 3.5  million private sector employees and another 250,000 city employees there are nearly 15,000 sexual harassment lawsuits filed in New York City every year. No one deserves to be harassed, discriminated against or mistreated at work. However, in New York City workplace discrimination and sexual harassment occurs far to often and when it does you need an experienced and dedicated New York City sexual harassment attorney. Whether you are a man or a woman, regardless of your sexual orientation, sexual harassment is illegal. With the right New York City sexual harassment lawyer in your court, and proper knowledge of New York & New York City sexual harassment laws, which protect your rights, you can fight back.

When your are a victim of workplace sexual harassment in NYC the most difficult decision is the decision to no longer accept it.  NYC sexual harassment lawyer Derek T. Smith can will assist you through this difficult and confusing legal process by helping you to formulate your sexual harassment complaint, assisting you with the investigation stages of your sexual harassment complaint and, if necessary, vindicating your right to defend yourself from unlawful harassment through litigation in New York or NYC courts. Verdicts in New York for sexual harassment, hostile work environment and other NYC workplace harassment claims can be high, and employers will often deny wrongdoing and will even protect harassers to avoid having to pay damages. If you are experiencing sexual harassment or other unlawful workplace harassment contact the premier sexual harassment lawyer in NYC, Attorney Derek T. Smith.

The New York City lawyers at the law firm of Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC are well-versed in New York State, New York City and federal labor & employment laws. We use our legal savvy, vast education and compassionate attitude to secure positive results for victims of sexual harassment in and around New York City.  Attorney Derek T. Smith, Rated one of the Top sexual harassment lawyers in New York City by  SuperLawyers and Newsweek.  Attorney Derek T. Smith is also recognized by The New York Law Journal as having obtained one of the highest discrimination jury verdicts in the state of New York. 

What is sexual harassment in New York City?

New York City sex harassment can occur in the workplace under a variety of conditions, but in general, it involves an unwanted condition imposed on your employment because of your gender. You may find yourself subject to one or more of the following behaviors from a superior:

  • Unwelcome or unsolicited sexual advances at your place of employment
  • Hostility towards your gender or sex
  • Offensive or pervasive acts toward one gender, or encouragement of a workplace atmosphere that treats employees of a certain gender inappropriately or insidiously

When faced with workplace harassment or discrimination in NYC remember these important steps:

  • Voice your concern on the situation, Tell the harasser that their advances are unwelcome, illegal, and must end immediately.
  •  Report the incident to your manager, Human Resources, and the harasser's manager, verbally and through workplace email. 
  •  When reporting the incident be sure to include that the harassment was a result of your sex, race, religion, sexual orientation or other class membership.
  • Log all dates, places, times and parties involved in a personal journal. This will help your NYC sexual harassment lawyer build your harassment case.
  • If your employer's response to your harassment complaint does not end the workplace harassment or your employer starts to retaliate against you for bringing a complaint , contact NYC sexual harassment lawyer Derek T. Smith immediately.  

Basics of NYC sexual harassment laws

To be protected by the New York City Human Rights Law, which governs sexual harassment and discrimination standards in NYC, the company or organization must have four or more employees. The Human Rights Law is Title 8 of the Administrative Code and it incorporates all the amendments since 1991 when the Law was revised. The Code is intended to prevent discrimination of protected classes in the workplace. You cannot be treated differently or unfairly based on your sex, gender, sexual orientation, race, religion, ethnicity, pregnancy or disability.

The Human Rights Law sees sexual harassment as a form of sex-based discrimination. Sex-based discrimination is illegal and may be compensable by law. In other words, if you were harassed at work and your employer did nothing to correct the situation, you may be able file a lawsuit in court.

How does the New York City Human Rights Law define sexual harassment?

New York City sex harassment can occur in the workplace under a variety of conditions, but in general, it involves an unwanted sexual advances or conduct which negatively affects your employment. Harassment can be verbal, physical or pictorial.

According to NYC sexual harassment law, two types of sexual harassment exist:

1. Hostile work environment. A hostile work environment sexual harassment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome behaviors such as sexual comments or actions of a sexual nature that create an intimidating, unpleasant, or offensive business atmosphere, and/or unreasonably interfere with his or her job performance. Examples of actions that may cause a hostile work environment include offensive comments, inappropriate materials or graffiti, sexually suggestive innuendos, jokes that are sexual in nature, sexual gestures and/or unwanted physical touching.

In situations involving a hostile work environment, an employee or group of employees must prove that the following conditions were met:

  • A protected class was subjected to unwelcome harassment
  • The harassment was sexual in nature
  • The harassment affected a term, condition, or privilege of employment
  • The conduct was severe and pervasive
  • The employer was or should have been aware of the harassment and did not take necessary remedial action (the employer took no action at all, took insufficient action, or exacerbated the problem)

2. Quid pro quo. In this type of NYC sex harassment, the victim must choose between accepting or submitting to sexual advances and suffering one or more employment-related consequences. For example, New York City work harassment would fall into the quid pro quo category if a NYC employee suffered a pay cut, was denied a promotion, or was fired upon refusal of a date, one or more requests for a sexual favor, or other sexual advances. On the other hand, if an employee received a raise, bonus, or promotion only after fulfilling certain sexual requests, it could also be considered workplace sexual harassment under New York State and New York City law.

The sexual harassment complainant does not have to be the person at whom the offensive conduct is directed, but anyone affected by the harassing conduct.

Sexual Harassment law in New York City as well as all over the country is constantly evolving, and there are a number of factors and details that are considered in determining New York City workplace harassment, including the following:

  • The response of the employer to formal complaints filed internally
  • The existing policies, procedures, and training protocol that relate to workplace harassment in New York City.

If you feel as you have been sexually harassed or discriminated against in New York City or Greater New York, contact the sexual harassment lawyers at the Derek Smith Law Group.

Retaliation and sexual harassment

So, you spoke up against sexual harassment in your organization and are now facing negative consequences for doing so. If you have been fired, demoted or treated unfairly for filing a claim, testifying in court or being involved in investigation, this is illegal. The Law protects you against retaliation as long as you have a reasonable good faith belief that the employer’s conduct is illegal, even if it turns out that you were mistaken. 

Sexual Harassment Attorneys in New York

What can an NYC sexual harassment Lawyer do for you?

When you have been sexually harassed in the workplace, you may seek the advice of a New York City sexual harassment lawyer for a number of reasons. If you are uncomfortable with how to report the harassment within your office setting, a sexual harassment attorney can help you to best navigate the system and report the harassment appropriately. Your New York City sexual harassment attorney can evaluate your situation. If you are considering filing a lawsuit, a sexual harassment lawyer can represent you through all legal proceedings.

Finding the right sexual harassment lawyer in New York City

Every sexual harassment case is unique, and different attorneys will offer different types and levels of experience. When choosing the best  New York City sexual harassment lawyer for you, a good fit is important. In other words, you should feel comfortable and safe with your New York sexual harassment attorney. This is important because you may need to share very personal information with your lawyer, but you must first feel at ease with him or her before you can do so.

There are also certain qualities you should seek when choosing among sexual harassment lawyers in New York, including the following:

  • Experience. Your New York City sexual harassment lawyer should have extensive courtroom practice not only in New York City, but all of New York.
  • A New York City Sexual Harassment lawyer should feel so strongly about your lawsuit that your should not be charge a fee unless your Attorney recovers damages in your case.  
  • Trial record. The most reliable New York City sexual harassment lawyers will have successful track records with New York Labor & Employment laws, sexual harassment and discrimination cases.
  • Published works and academic achievements. Do some research to see if your sexual harassment attorney in NYC has published any articles in the field, if he or she has received any honors or other academic accolades, or if he or she has given any significant lectures. By doing this, you can get an idea of your attorney’s level of accomplishment in New York City sexual harassment law.
  • Ethics. You want an New York attorney who is trustworthy and honest. Consult your lawyer’s Martindale-Hubbell AV rating to see how he or she rates among peers. You should even Google "Top Sexual Harassment Lawyer New York City"
  • Support staff. Your sexual harassment attorney in New York City should be surrounded by a team of skilled and knowledgeable colleagues and support staff who can produce accurate and efficient work toward your sexual harassment case.
  • Client testimonials. Try to speak with other clients of your New York City lawyer—they can give you an idea of what it is like to work with not just their attorney but their law firm as a whole. Trust word of mouth recommendations from friends.

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Have you faced unfair or inappropriate treatment in the office due to your gender? If so, you may be a victim of sexual harassment. While harassment at your job can be difficult and upsetting to deal with, remember that in the state of New York, you have rights in the workplace. Your sexual harassment attorney in New York can be your best resource if your rights have been violated at work. The NYC sexual harassment lawyers of Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC offer extensive knowledge and experience, and have a successful track record representing victims of harassment. Free Consultation and NO FEE unless we recover for you. Contact us today for more information 877-4NYLAWS | 877-469-5297 . 

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