Experiencing sexual harassment at work is more traumatic than most people think. Victims usually suffer significant psychological effects like depression, anxiety, headaches, sexual dysfunction, sleep problems and lowered self-esteem. When you hear someone making a...
Can sexual harassment happen from a subordinate?
When people think of sexual harassment in the workplace, the stereotypical image is the lecherous boss chasing a secretary around the desk – or women in male-dominated industries being subjected to hazing by their male co-workers. It might surprise you to learn, then,...
Gender doesn’t matter in sexual harassment claims
People sometimes buy into certain stereotypes about sexual harassment. One of them is that gender plays a major role and that sexual harassment always works the same way. For example, it is a common trope to assume that a boss may harass his secretary when a boss is a...
What is quid pro quo harassment?
Sadly, many workers in New York still suffer sexual harassment in the workplace. Often, this is blatant. For instance, a co-worker or supervisor may touch a worker inappropriately or make rude comments on a repeated basis. However, sexual harassment comes in numerous...
Why many MTA workers haven’t had sexual harassment training
In 2018, former governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law requiring mandatory annual sexual harassment training for New York public employees. However, a recent report indicates that thousands of subway and other public rail workers failed to complete the required training...
Breastfeeding mothers shouldn’t face discrimination at work
New mothers in New York have to make a lot of difficult decisions. Will they take extended maternity leave or go back to work as soon as possible? Choosing a source of nutrition for their baby can also be a tough decision. There is some evidence that indicates...
Sexual harassment can affect your career progression
Imagine working hard to get that promotion at your job only to find it actually hinges on some rather unpleasant conditions: Your supervisor wants sexual favors to affect the promotion. In such a case, you could be a victim of quid pro quo sexual harassment, a...
How you dress does not invite sexual harassment
Imagine that you go to work one day, and a co-worker begins making lewd comments about you. You ask them to stop, so they start making the same comments about you to other co-workers. It feels like everyone is staring at you and talking about you. When you tell them...
Holiday parties and sexual harassment: What to know
Love them or hate them, it’s time for the annual “company party” season to start. Owners and managers often view holiday parties as a way to reward their employees for another year of hard work and build more connected, cohesive teams. Holiday parties, however, are...
Should you report sexual displays of affection at work?
Most people know someone who they work with who is married or dating someone else in the company. While some companies have rules where people who work together can’t be married or date, that tends not to be the case as long as those two people aren’t directly...
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