New York Workplace Sexual Harassment Attorneys
Workplace sexual harassment creates a hostile work environment for victims and their coworkers. If you have faced sexual harassment in your place of work, our legal team can help.
At Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP, our workplace sexual harassment lawyers in New York are committed to holding people who commit sexual harassment — and those who allow harassment to occur — accountable. We offer support to victims and a path to achieving justice.
Workplace sexual harassment may include any instance of unwanted, sexually-based comments or actions directed at an employee, employer, or coworker. People who are subjected to this kind of harassment at their place of work can sue liable parties for damages resulting from such behavior.
Examples of workplace sexual harassment may include:
- Sex-based discrimination
- Requesting sexual favors to protect job status (“quid pro quo” harassment)
- Unwanted touching, groping, or sexual advances
- Sexual comments or jokes, or discussing sexual topics
- Sexual messages or emails
- Sharing sexually explicit images, pornography, and other content
- Commenting on others’ appearance
The legal protections for sexual harassment victims in the state of New York were strengthened as of late 2019. These laws establish legally-mandated sexual harassment policies for businesses, as well as outline the rights of workplace sexual harassment victims and the processes that must be followed when a lawsuit is filed.
Some of the protections in New York state include the requirement that all employers implement policies to prevent sexual harassment in their place of business, and conduct mandatory employee trainings on workplace sexual harassment.
If workplace sexual harassment does occur, New York law states that an incident does not need to be considered as “severe or pervasive” to be considered harassment. The statute of limitations on New York workplace sexual harassment cases is three years.
In most cases, workplace sexual harassment is addressed in civil court. A workplace sexual harassment lawsuit provides victims with monetary compensation for the financial damages resulting from the harassment (for example, replacing lost wages if an employee was fired). Sexual harassment case settlements and verdicts commonly include additional compensation for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering. Compensation may also include punitive damages that are meant to hold negligent parties accountable.
Workplace sexual harassment can be considered a criminal offense under some circumstances. In New York, sexual harassment cases may be tried in criminal court if a victim was sexually assaulted.
A workplace sexual harassment lawsuit may be brought against the person who committed the harassment. However, it is possible to hold other liable parties accountable in civil court. For example, an employer or supervisor could be held liable for damages if their negligence allowed sexual harassment to occur at their business. Or, parties that are responsible for maintaining security at a workplace could be held liable in cases of sexual assault. Our New York workplace sexual harassment lawyers will evaluate the details of your case to determine who is liable.
The Rheingold Giuffra Ruffo & Plotkin LLP legal team is available for free case evaluations. During this time, we can answer your questions and provide a plan for helping you recover compensation and hold sexual harassment perpetrators accountable.