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Under New York City law, it is illegal to harass applicants or employees because of their gender. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, sexual demands, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Although these are common ways that a person is sexually harassed, sexual harassment can also include offensive comments about a person's gender. Unfortunately, sexual harassment can take many forms and can happen anywhere.
It should be noted that the person who filed the lawsuit is not necessarily the victim but can also be anyone who has been affected by the criminal conduct.
Frequently asked questions about sexual harassment in the workplace:


Am I sexually harassed at work?

Sexual harassment includes unwanted touching, teasing and unwanted sexual comments, and sexual demands. But it also includes many less obvious behaviors, some of which don't even have to be related to sex. For example, even offensive comments about a person's gender can be a form of sexual harassment.

For unwanted behavior and speech to be considered illegal, they must be frequent and severe to create a hostile work environment. If a "reasonable person" believes the conduct to be unwelcome and sexual or related to the victim's gender, it may be sexual harassment. An experienced New York City sexual harassment attorney can evaluate your case and help you determine how to proceed.



Does sex with your boss protect you from sexual harassment at work?

When power imbalances are involved in workplace sexual relationships, the question of whether the parties consider the relationship to be "popular" must be answered. Even if there is no apparent threat, such as "sleep with me or you will lose your job," the court can rule that when the victim believes they have no other choice in this matter, the sexual act is not consensual. In addition to explicit and implicit threats, bribery is a standard power play in sexual harassment in the workplace. If the supervisor says, "If you date me, I will forgive you for your poor performance this month," this constitutes sexual harassment in the form of bribery.



What are the laws against sexual harassment in New York?

Sexual harassment in New York City is a form of gender discrimination that violates the Federal Employment Discrimination Act, Chapter 7 of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the New York State Human Rights Law, and the New York City Human Rights Law. Chapter 7 applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments, employment agencies and labor organizations, and the federal government. Compared with the civil rights law, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Human Rights Law prohibit sexual harassment and apply too much smaller employers.
When submitting or rejecting such behavior expressly or implicitly affects an individual's employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual's work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment, sexual harassment should be considered in all circumstances.
If any of the above situations occur, the victim should notify the harasser that this behavior is unwelcome and should stop. In addition, the victim should use any employer reporting mechanism or complaint system available to the victim.
If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace and need legal support, contact a New York City sexual harassment attorney from the Human Rights Advocacy Firm.
Human Rights Advocacy Firm lawyers are ready to defend your interests in any unfair situations where an individual's rights and legitimate interests are violated.
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