Have You Experienced Workplace Sexual Harassment?
The legal team at Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, can help if you have endured unwanted sexual advances or other sexual harassment at your job. You do not have to put up with it. They should not get away with it.
Our experienced lawyers will vigorously protect your rights and pursue your legal remedies. We handle all cases, including quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment claims, serving the New York City metro.
Our New York City Attorneys Can Help Make It Right
We help victims of sexual harassment take action to stop the abuse and get justice. We welcome cases across the New York City area. Call today at 212-571-7171 for a free consultation.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
There are two main categories of sexual harassment claims:
Hostile work environment – This is unwelcome sexual behavior, or mistreatment on the basis of gender by a co-worker or supervisor such as:
- Sexual assault or unlawful touching
- Pressure for dates or sex
- Leering, catcalls or crude come-ons
- Demeaning comments about one’s body
- “Sexting” or exposure to explicit sexual images
- Sexual jokes or explicit language
- Stalking behavior (at the workplace or outside of work)
Does the behavior make you uncomfortable or fearful? Do you dread going to work? Is it affecting your job performance or your private life?
Quid pro quo – This is sexual misconduct connected to employment decisions such as:
- Demanding sexual favors in exchange for a raise, promotion, plum assignment or other job perks
- Threatening to fire or otherwise retaliate for saying no to sexual advances
- Adverse performance reviews or disciplinary action after refusing or reporting the harasser
Under the law, sexual contact between an employee and someone who has influence over their employment is not considered consensual because of the power differential and the potential backlash if the victim later refuses sex or tries to end the relationship.
Sexual harassment can be same-sex. It can be female to male. It can be someone who reports to you. The perpetrator could be an owner, a manager, a co-worker or even a customer/client.
New York City Has Special Protections Against Sexual Harassment
You have two points in your favor if you decide to take action. (1) The visibility of the #MeToo movement has made it harder to sweep sexual harassment claims under the rug or retaliate against those who report it. (2) New York City has a stronger statute than state and federal laws.
Under the New York City Human Rights Law, the burden of proof is on the employer, not the worker who is reporting mistreatment. For example, the federal Civil Rights Act requires the employee to prove that the harassment was “severe”, while New York City’s law requires the employer to show that the harassment was “trivial” or “petty slights”.
We Can Help. Reach Out To Us Today.
The trial lawyers of Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss have recovered more than $600 million for clients, including cases of sexual abuse and another misconduct.
Filing a sexual harassment claim can be scary. You have the support, the commitment and the full resources of our firm behind you. Please call 212-571-7171 or contact us online to discuss your situation with one of our attorneys in a free, confidential consultation.