Is Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Illegal?

Many people think that sexual harassment can only occur in the workplace when a male boss harasses a female subordinate. This is not true. Any employee in the workplace can be a victim of sexual harassment. It does not matter the gender of the perpetrator or the victim, including same-sex cases. Unwanted and offensive sexual conduct in the workplace is prohibited by several laws. This includes sexual behavior related to touching, advances, comments, graphic images and any other sexual acts that interfere with your ability to work.

If you think that you might have a claim for same-sex sexual harassment in New York, contact the trusted attorneys at Leeds Brown Law to discuss your claim. We regularly represent employees who file claims against their employers for cases of sexual harassment in the workplace.

Legal Protections Against Same-Sex Sexual Harassment in New York

Same-sex sexual harassment is treated the same way by law as opposite-harassment is. An employee does not have to be harassed by a superior to be a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Many employees hesitate to bring up claims of same-sex harassment for fear of ridicule or not being believed, but they are certainly viable claims. You should not be deterred from fighting back against sexual harassment in the workplace based on your gender or that of the perpetrator.

Federal anti-discrimination laws apply to employers with at least 15 employees in the workplace. They provide remedies for filing a claim against an employer if an employee was sexually harassed in the workplace, including for same-sex sexual harassment.

You may want to consider filing a same-sex sexual harassment claim under New York City law or state anti-discrimination laws. The facts of your case will help determine which law is most appropriate. You want to make this decision carefully with the assistance of an experienced lawyer because you could be eligible to receive different levels of damages depending on how you file your claim.

One of the concerns that many victims have in filing a claim for sexual harassment against their employer is that they will lose their job or get demoted when their employer finds out. There are laws that protect victims who report sexual harassment against retaliation by an employer. If you are terminated or demoted after reporting a case of sexual harassment to your employer, you should immediately consult with an anti-discrimination attorney to see what your options are for recovering lost wages and job opportunities.

Recovering Damages for a Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claim in New York

Men are starting to file sexual harassment claims against other males in the workplace, but there is still a stigma that many victims face in filing these claims. Female workers are also reporting an increased number of harassment incidents by other females in the workplace. The emotional damage that same-sex harassment inflicts on victims is something that you may be able to recover for if you file a claim for intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Employers that have a history of permitting or engaging in same-sex sexual harassment in the workplace may be required to pay you punitive damages. The punitive damages that a sexual harassment victim may receive are usually much more than a victim could recover based on compensatory damages alone. A seasoned New York sexual harassment attorney will be able to evaluate your claim and tell you if you might qualify to request punitive damages for the sexual harassment that you endured in the workplace.

Finding an Attorney for Filing a Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claim

The top-quality legal team at Leeds Brown Law proudly represents employees who have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in New York. Contact us today at 866-728-5015 if you or a loved one are considering filing a claim for sexual harassment. The initial consultation with our office is always free.

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