Sexual harassment in the workplace is an ongoing problem that impacts people of all genders. Sexual harassment should never be tolerated. The following are some of the frequently asked questions the attorneys at Fisher Taubenfeld LLP receive from their clients. Remember, everyone’s situation is unique, and nothing can replace the one-on-one advice that you receive from a lawyer. For a free phone consultation, call our law offices in New York at 646-741-3490.
What type of behavior is considered to be sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is any type of unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. This can include sexual advances, jokes, comments, sexual demands and other physical or verbal conduct. The advances may take place in the form of in-person harassment, over the phone, via text or email, or any other form of communication. Harassment may be perpetrated by coworkers, supervisors and employees of third-party businesses who work with your employer.
What type of conduct is considered to be “unwelcome?” The answer to this depends upon the individual person. What is offensive to one person may not bother another person. It is important to make clear you do not welcome any sexual conduct that offends you. However, the law recognizes that some employees may feel coerced or fear retaliation if they make too much of a complaint. It is important to have skilled legal counsel on your side to help you build a strong claim.
I’m afraid to report harassment. What if my employer retaliates against me? It is illegal to fire, demote or otherwise take adverse action against employees who report sexual harassment. In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) encourages employees to report harassment to human resources, management and others up the “chain of command.” If no steps are taken to stop the harassment once it has been brought to the employer’s attention, then you should contact the EEOC and an employment law attorney.
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If you have questions concerning sexual harassment issues at your place of work, we invite you to call us for a free phone consultation by calling 646-741-3490 or toll-free 866-654-0343. You may also send an email directly through our website.