A federal lawsuit recently filed charges the Defense Department with responsibility for rape and sexual assault in the ranks by failing to investigate the sex crimes, failing to prosecute the perpetrators and maintaining a weak judicial system.  The lawsuit claims that current Defense Secretary Robert Gates and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld are responsible for a military in which rape and sexual assault victims “were openly subjected to retaliation,” discouraged from reporting the crimes, and “ordered to keep quiet and refrain from telling anyone about the criminal acts.”  The suit has 17 plaintiffs, 15 women and 2 men, who claim they were harassed and raped by someone in the military, usually a superior, only to be discouraged from reporting the crime and see the attacker escape serious punishment.  Full article.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) describes sexual harassment as a form of gender discrimination that is in violation of Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.  Because men still retain most of the workplace supervisory positions, it is usually a man who will decide whether or not a complaint of sexual harassment is justified.  It has been estimated that only 5 to 15% of harassed women formally report problems of harassment to their employers or employment agencies such as the EEOC.

Leeds Morelli & Brown, PC dedicates a large portion of their practice to the area of employment law.  Our firm has had considerable success in matters of employment discrimination throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds, Morelli and Brown, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.