Sexual Harassment in New York – It’s Not Just for Women Anymore

Lenard Leeds, Esq., Sexual Harassment Attorney, advocating for the rights of men discriminated against in the workplace.

Lenard Leeds, Esq., Sexual Harassment Attorney (Credit: News 12 Long Island)

Sexual Harassment in New York – It’s Not Just for Women Anymore

For decades we’ve heard of situations of sexual harassment. Often times women may be harassed and abused by coworkers and supervisors in the workplace. Today however, harassment has expanded. Both men and women fall prey to sexual harassment in New York and nationwide. While some companies are in tune with the evils of harassment and take serious action to prevent it, others turn a blind eye and even retaliate against employees.

Traditional workplace sexual harassment, in New York and nationwide, had usually been directed at women mistreated and abused by coworkers and supervisors. Modern workplace sexual harassment has evolved to include both men and women as prey. While some companies are in tune with the evils of harassment and take serious action to prevent it, others turn a blind eye and even retaliate against employees.

It is time for this to finally end.

The Huffington Post reports one in three women have been sexually harassed in the workplace.[1]  Whether experienced by males or females, sexual harassment is unacceptable. In fact, a growing number of cases involve the harassment of men by women.[2]  While sexual harassment claims have fallen overall, “sexual harassment filings by men have consistently increased, doubling over 15 years,” says David Grinberg, a spokesman for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC).[3]

In a recent case handled by our firm, male teachers John Brennan and Al Daddino made complaints against the Valley Stream Central High School District, based on alleged sexual harassment by a female supervisor. The claim alleges that Cecilia Sanossian, the department chair supervising these two educators, repeatedly and openly made sexual advances towards them and others in her department. Their complaints had gone unheeded, bringing about this claim.

Our Long Island attorneys, who handle a wide range of sexual harassment claims, were quick to react to plight of these men.

 

Recognizing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual harassment often takes two forms: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. Quid pro quo claims may arise when promotions, assignments, raises or even threats of termination are leveraged in exchange for submission to  sexual advances. Hostile work environment claims may exist when the workplace becomes abusive, offensive and increasingly difficult within which to work.[4] Either situation can give rise to viable cases.

The claims of Mr. Brennan and Mr. Daddino fall into the hostile work environment category.

Legal counsel experienced with sexual harassment claims can be invaluable to you – even if you choose not to file an action – to counsel you on how to best handle the situation. Of course, the facts of every case are different, and experienced advice may prove invaluable in determining the merits of a claim and the best ways to proceed.

 

Sources:

[1] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/1-in-3-women-sexually-harassed-work-cosmopolitan_n_6713814.html

[2] http://abcnews.go.com/Business/TheLaw/sexual-harassment-claims-men-growing-equal/story?id=10198753

[3] http://www.nbcnews.com/id/19536167/ns/business-careers/t/male-sexual-harassment-not-joke/

[4] http://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/legal-resources/know-your-rights-at-work/workplace-sexual-harassment/