Recently, a 14 year old with Down Syndrome has been accused of Sexual Harassment. School officials state that there is a surveillance tape of the incident. However, the teen’s mother has stated that she was told she could not see the tape. Now the boy’s family is fighting to defend him from these allegations and from being suspended. According to the school, the bus aide said that the teen hugged her in a manner she felt was sexual in nature and inappropriate. However, the teen’s sister and home health aide say they were there to witness the incident and do not feel the teenager did anything out of place or inappropriate. The incident has yet to be resolved by both the school and the teen’s family. See: http://www.kfvs12.com/story/16357133/mother-defends-teen-with-down-syndrome-facing-sexual-harassment-charges
Issues of sexual harassment are governed by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. As well as by state-level sexual harassment statutes which prohibit sexual harassment to and provide victims with a means to pursue justice. Sexual harassment can occur in one of two ways: Quid pro quo harassment or Hostile work environment. A hostile work environment involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.
Employers that foster or allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offending employees. For more information, see: https://www.lmblaw.com/practice-areas/sexual-harassment
The lawyers at Leeds Morelli and Brown strive to successful judgments for their clients, including any former employees or recently fired workers who have been sexually harassed in the workplace. If you or someone you know has been faced with sexual discrimination or sexual harassment, please contact the office of Leeds Brown Law, PC, 1-888-5-JOBLAW, One Old Country Road, Suite 347, Carle Place, NY, 11514-1851