Sexual harassment is a very serious issue that can make your life miserable and ruin your career. Your workplace should be a place where you feel comfortable and safe. Unfortunately, despite laws protecting employees against unwelcome actions and behaviors, sexual harassment still occurs in companies across New Jersey and the nation.
If you feel that the conduct of your supervisors or co-workers crossed the line, talk with our experienced sexual harassment attorneys at Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC today by completing the form on this page or calling (732) 617-8050. We welcome clients from Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey.
What Is Sexual Harassment?
One of the most common types of workplace harassment, sexual harassment is a form of discrimination based on gender or sexual preference. Sexual harassment can affect you whether you are a man or a woman and regardless whether you are homosexual or heterosexual. There are two basic types of sexual harassment: hostile work environment and quid pro quo.
Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment
As it relates to sexual harassment, a hostile work environment is caused by the unwelcome actions and behaviors of supervisors, co-workers, contractors, customers or anyone else who interacts with an individual while on the job. These unwelcome actions can create an unlawful hostile, offensive and intimidating workplace environment.
Examples of conduct that may contribute to a hostile work environment include:
- Unwelcome physical contact
- Lewd or sexual comments
- Indecent gestures
- Inappropriate or disparaging terms or characterizations
- Sexually explicit material
- Crude jokes
- Comments on physical attributes
- Comments on sexual preferences
While sexual harassment is often sexual in nature, it does not have to be. Actions and behavior that relate to chauvinism, gender bias and gender stereotypes can also be considered sexual harassment. Any conduct that is directed at you because of your gender can potentially contribute to a sexually hostile work environment.
Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment
Quid pro quo – "this for that" – sexual harassment refers to situations in which a supervisor or employer says or suggests that you must submit to sexual advances to do things such as:
- Avoid a demotion
- Avoid discipline
- Get a promotion
- Obtain a raise
- Keep your job
Fear of Retaliation for Reporting Sexual Harassment
You may be like thousands of victims who are afraid to report sexual harassment for fear of being demoted, fired or suffering further adverse treatment. It’s important to know that you have rights protecting you against such treatment. Employers are prohibited from retaliating against employees for reporting sexual harassment and other workplace violations.
At Shapiro & Sternlieb, LLC, we understand what a difficult decision it can be to stand up against unlawful acts by your employer. We are prepared to stand by you and support you through every step of your claim in order to obtain the justice you deserve. Doing the right thing is not only important for you, it’s important for the well-being of current and future employees as well.
Contact Our New Jersey Sexual Harassment Attorneys Today
You don’t have to live with the daily struggle of workplace harassment. If you live in Newark or Jersey City, New Jersey, contact our experienced sexual harassment attorneys today online or at (732) 617-8050 to schedule a free consultation.