New York City residents are protected in the workplace against sexual harassment through various laws. This includes federal and state laws, but local laws are also available for leverage in these cases. Employers who violate these laws can be held accountable. It is illegal to engage in sexual harassment, and this includes the intentional creation of a hostile work environment. Local laws also apply to cases of quid pro quo, which simply means that the employee is pressured into sexual activity in exchange for some workplace benefit, promotion or advancement.
Bringing a sexual harassment case against an employer can seem like a daunting or insurmountable task without an effective legal team to guide you through the process. Leeds Brown Law is a firm of dedicated, experienced professionals who understand how to hold employers accountable for their actions. We work with people experiencing sexual harassment in the New York City metropolitan and surrounding areas.
Sexual Harassment and New York City Laws
The local laws in New York City forbid employers to participate in sexual harassment. It also makes it illegal for the employer to permit a hostile workplace environment to persist. Employees and interns have the right to report sexual harassment without retaliation or termination of employment. These laws are codified in the Human Rights Law section of the city’s legal code, which is Title 8 of the Administrative Code. This is the area of the law that specifically prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, pregnancy, disability, religion and other protected classifications.
These laws cover a wide range of workplace situations. For example, the law may apply in cases where the sexual harassment was witnessed by others. This means that the person observing the harassment also has the right to complain and get the behavior to stop. Sexual harassment can affect other people in the office as well as the victim. The harassment might be verbal or physical. These laws are intended to cover a wide range of situations, and they enable uniform application of the law.
Sexual Harassment Law in New York City
Human Rights Law in the city cover a variety of behaviors that may qualify as sexual harassment. This includes actions that are intended to create a hostile or intimidating work environment for the person who is targeted for harassment. Examples include sexual comments, jokes and physical contact that is unwanted. It makes the work environment difficult for the person experiencing the harassment, and this can lead to substantial financial losses. Documenting the harassment and any retaliation that occurred after a complaint is an effective way to build a case. It is important to know your rights and take appropriate actions, so always consult with a sexual harassment lawyer about the situation as soon as possible. You need to be able to prove a causal relationship between the harassment and the harmful outcome, and legal assistance can help.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
Quid pro quo means that the employer uses either a promise of advancement or a threat of punishment to coerce the employee into providing sexual favors. Retaliation is common in quid pro quo cases when an employee rebuffs the sexual advancements or makes a complaint. If this has happened to you, there are laws that protect your position. The best course of action to take is making an appointment with a sexual harassment lawyer to discuss the details of your case.
Contact Leeds Brown Law Firm
Our firm is dedicated to providing the best legal assistance to those affected by sexual harassment and retaliation at the workplace. We have extensive experience in the area of employment law, and this includes complex cases involving discrimination, sexual harassment, wrongful termination and more. We serve the areas around New York City including Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Brooklyn and the surrounding counties. Our consultation is free, so contact us as soon as possible to obtain the best legal outcome.