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NYC Sexual Harassment

Sex harassment in NYC is a form of discrimination based upon a person’s gender. In the workplace, sexual harassment in NYC typically includes unwelcome verbal or physical actions toward one or more employees that are sexual in nature.

Types of sexual harassment

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

  • Hostile work environment. A hostile work environment occurs when an employee is subject to unwelcome behaviors 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.
  • 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, NYC work harassment would fall into the quid pro quo category if an 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 harassment in NYC.

NYC office sexual harassment and gender

The majority of sexual harassment cases most often identified involve men in authoritative positions who prey on female subordinates. However, it is essential to note that this is not always case. According to harassment law in NYC, sexual harassment can involve men and/or women acting as either the harasser or as the target. Sexual harassment can involve same-sex participants as well (i.e., as both the harasser and the target).

Oftentimes, the victim or individual affected by the NYC workplace harassment may feel shame or embarrassment in raising awareness by initiating a harassment lawsuit, especially under atypical circumstances. It is important to remember that on a job sexual harassment is never okay, and that employees have the right to work in an environment where they feel safe. In addition, a sexual harassment attorney in NYC can help victims to take discreet actions concerning job harassment.

Is NYC sexual harassment affecting you?

You do not have to be the victim or target in order to file a complaint of harassment at work. If inappropriate sexual conduct is affecting you in any way, you should always communicate your awareness and discontent with that behavior. If you are considering initiating an NYC sexual harassment lawsuit, speak to a sexual harassment lawyer from our law firm. Contact Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC today for a consultation.

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