Do you know how to recognize sexual harassment at work?

Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal. In fact, New York State has passed stiffer laws that make it easier for you to stand up for your rights. The first step in defending yourself is knowing what sexual harassment is and recognizing the signs of it.

What is sexual harassment in the workplace?

In New York, sexual harassment does not have to be severe or pervasive to be illegal. However, the behavior would be more than “petty slights or inconveniences.”

Examples of sexual harassment could include:

  • Slurs
  • Insults or put-downs
  • Name calling
  • Intimidation
  • Offensive jokes
  • Ridicule or mockery
  • Offensive objects or pictures
  • Physical assaults or threats

What types of unwanted physical behavior are sexual harassment?

The person could also sexually harass you by:

  • Brushing against you
  • Touching
  • Pinching
  • Poking
  • Grabbing
  • Hugging
  • Kissing
  • Fondling
  • Raping

What can happen to an employee who sexually harassed another employee?

The business owner or manager may reprimand the employee. If the harassment is severe, it can lead to suspension or job termination.

Can your boss or another employee get back at you for reporting sexual harassment?

The legal term for “getting back at you” is “retaliation.” The answer is no. Retaliation is illegal. As long as you reasonably believe you were the victim or witnessed someone else being the victim of sexual harassment, the law protects you. A person who attacks you for reporting sexual harassment can face discipline or lose their job. In the case of rape, they could face criminal and civil prosecution.

Do you have problems with sexual harassment in the workplace?

Find out how the Law Office of Peter A. Romero can help you. Throughout NYC including Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Harlem/Upper Manhattan, clients turn to us for legal help. Call us at (631) 257-5588 or contact us online to schedule an appointment.