New York Sexual Harassment Lawyer
A flood of sensational news stories in 2017 brought to light what women in the workforce have known for decades – sexual harassment is a very real and pervasive problem across all industries and professions which causes victims genuine damage and harm, whether they are forced to leave their job or suffer in silence for fear of retaliation. State and federal laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace and give victims the tools they need to stop the harassment and hold companies accountable. New York sexual harassment lawyer Linda Kenney Baden helps sexual harassment victims in New Jersey and New York find their voice and stand up to their harassers. Read below about the different ways workplace sexual harassment may occur, and what you can do about it. For immediate assistance, contact the Law Office of Linda Kenney Baden at 732-219-7770.
Quid pro Quo Sexual Harassment on the Job
Quid pro quo sexual harassment is the first type of unlawful sexual harassment recognized by the courts. In this form of harassment, the business owner, a supervisor or other person in a position of power or authority tries to engage a subordinate in a sexual, romantic or dating relationship. The harasser may offer positive job treatment in exchange for sexual favors (promotion, raise, plum assignments) or threaten negative action, including termination, for refusing to submit. The harasser and the company itself may be liable for such illegal behavior. It does not matter whether the harasser or the victim is male or female, or if they are of the same or opposite sex.
Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment
Since the mid-1980s, courts have also recognized another form of illegal sexual harassment on the job. In this situation, an employee is subjected to unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that is so severe and pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment. Conduct that can create a hostile environment may include unwanted touching, ogling, sexual comments, dirty jokes, graffiti, pictures or magazines, displaying pornographic websites or sending sexually suggestive emails or texts, etc. A subordinate-supervisor relationship is not required, as even co-workers can create a hostile environment. It is up to the company to have a complaint procedure in place, and to follow through and investigate complaints, and companies can be held liable for their failures to fix a hostile environment.
An Attorney with Extensive Trial Experience in State and Federal Courts
Workers are protected from sexual harassment under state and federal laws and can pursue civil claims in state or federal court. New York employment discrimination lawyer Linda Kenney Baden has extensive trial experience in both state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey and can advocate effectively for you to stop sexual harassment and find an adequate remedy for the harm done to you.
Stop Sexual Harassment Now. Call Linda Kenney Baden for Help.
If you feel that you have been sexually harassed at work, now is the time to speak up and let your voice be heard, before you or others are victimized further. In New Jersey or New York, call the Law Office of Linda Kenney Baden at 732-219-7770 for advice and representation from a dedicated, experienced and successful New York sexual harassment lawyer.