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Victims of workplace harassment: Don't suffer in silence

There should be no question that sexual harassment -- or any type of harassment -- in the workplace is wrong. Sadly, people all across New York experience this mistreatment on a regular basis.

If you are one of these people, you need to understand that while the harassment might make you feel marginalized, powerless or ashamed, you have the right and the legal tools to take action against those responsible for the harassment. And you do not have to do so on your own.

As difficult as it may be, you can seek help from an attorney. Not only can an attorney provide legal context and solutions for your specific situation, but he or she can also be the person who helps you take those steps toward holding the harassing party accountable. Without someone by your side to guide you through the intimidating legal process and confront those who mistreated you, it can be easy to give up.

Too many people shy away from talking about harassment with an attorney because they think that there is nothing they can do, or they don't feel comfortable rehashing embarrassing situations. They might also feel like what's done is done: Money, an apology or job reinstatement can't undo the past.

While these are certainly valid reasons to be hesitant about taking legal action, the fact is that you have rights that must be protected. If they are violated, the appropriate party should be held responsible for the damages you have suffered as a result. 

We know that this can be a very complicated and emotional situation; but we have helped victims of sexual and nonsexual harassment across New York find closure and vindication. For more information on our law firm and how to schedule a free consultation, please visit our website.

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