Sexual harassment in the workplace is unwanted sexual advances, sexual contact or other physical or verbal actions which are sexual in nature. The conduct must affect the employee's job, unreasonably interfere with work performance, or create an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment. Types of sexual harassment include:
Direct sexual contact or conduct by the employer which includes sexual remarks or advances.
Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer or supervisor asks or suggests through physical conduct that an employee perform sexual favors in return for some benefit at work including a promotion or career advancement. If any employment decision is based upon the satisfaction of a sexual demand, that is quid pro quo sexual harassment. Even a consensual sexual relationship can be the product of sexual harassment if the employee is coerced into it due to promises of a promotion or career advancement.
Hostile work environment sexual harassment occurs where an employee is subject to sexually verbal or physical behavior in the workplace. This includes conduct which is sexual in nature and severe enough to create an offensive working environment. This conduct can include communications of derogatory comments, epithets, slurs, and jokes; or sexually suggestive, graphic or sexually abusive language.
Legal remedies for sexual harassment include compensatory damages to recover lost wages, benefits or opportunities; reinstatement to the victim's former position if they were terminated; and possibly monetary damages based on pain and suffering or emotional distress.
It is important to document every last detail of the harassment you are forced to endure. The more evidence you preserve, the more powerful your case will be: evidence can come in the form of tapes, emails, texts, pictures or even contemporaneous notes.
The sexual harassment attorneys at the Law Offices of Jeffrey Lichtman have negotiated millions of dollars' worth of settlements for clients who have been sexually harassed in the workplace. Having a tenacious trial lawyer with a long history of success in high profile criminal cases can only aid you in your fight for justice. Call us at (212) 581-1001 to discuss your case today.