Federal law, New York State law, and New York City law prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. Under these laws, you are protected against both quid pro quo and hostile work environment forms of sexual harassment in the workplace. You are also protected from being terminated for complaining of sexual harassment.
Readers of this blog may be familiar with the lawsuit filed by sportscaster Erin Andrews after being stalked and recorded without her knowledge in a hotel room. Years after the incident, Andrews finally received some good news when a jury awarded her $55 million in damages, to be paid by the hotel where the incident occurred and the man who recorded her.
When most people think of a sexual harassment lawsuit, they typically envision a female plaintiff who has been harassed by their employer or fellow colleagues. Although a vast majority of sexual harassment cases are filed by women, nearly 80 percent according to the Association of Women for Action and Research, men are not immune to this form of harassment either.
Readers in New York may be interested in the recent case of a female sales manager who filed a hostile work environment claim against her former boss. The woman says she suffered sexual harassment while in the car with her then-supervisor after attending a training session. The court disagreed, but its ruling could give those filing future claims clearer guidelines that could help ensure their success.