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.
To schedule a free consultation with our attorneys, send us a message or call (888) 260-0473.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
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”
- 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
New York Workplace Sexual Harassment Laws
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
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.
Civil Lawsuits for Workplace Sexual Harassment
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.
Who is Liable for Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
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.
Contact Us to Discuss Your Case
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.
Complete our contact form or call (888) 260-0473 for a free consultation with our workplace sexual
harassment attorneys in New York.