Democratic Assemblyman, Vito Lopez, has been given more public attention after he was accused of being a sexual predator who sexually harassed female staffers in his legislative offices as well as other places. As a result, Lopez has been removed as the Assembly’s Housing Committee chairman. Additionally, his staff size has been reduced and he has been barred him from employing interns or anyone under the age of 21. He was also denied seniority benefits. Notably, in May 2012, there was a “confidential” sexual harassment settlement where Lopez and the Assembly paid $135,080 to two female victims and their attorneys. Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/boot-vito-lopez-article-1.1154492#ixzz25yyikFJ2

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and many state-level anti-discrimination and sexual harassment statutes prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace.  There are two common types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment. A hostile work situation typically involves repeated behavior that is abusive or offensive, or that interferes or alters the victims’ ability to perform their job.  Employers that foster or otherwise allow these conditions to continue can be found liable for the conduct of the offendingemployees.

Leeds Brown Law, PC is a firm which represents many clients in the area of sexual harassment.  Our firm has had considerable success in matters of civil litigation and discrimination throughout Long Island and the New York City area.  For more information, contact Leeds Brown Law, PC at 1-800-585-4658 for a free consultation.