Have you suffered from sexual harassment?
You are not alone.
A 2017 survey revealed that 42% of females, and 11% of males in the US have been victims of sexual harassment.
While another poll revealed that 1 in 5 Americans have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace.
But the problem may be even more widespread than those numbers reveal. Because many individuals are unaware of exactly which acts or behaviours constitute sexual harassment.
Where is the line?
The truth is, there is no line.
Any action (physical or otherwise) that makes you feel uncomfortable may be a case of sexual harassment.
If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you may be considered a victim of sexual harassment.
Remember this simple phrase:
No means no.
If someone is acting inappropriately towards you, then it is your right to tell them to stop.
In some cases the individual may be unaware of how their actions are making you feel. Simply telling them to stop might be enough for them to modify their behaviour.
If however they continue, then this is a clear case of sexual harassment.
There may be times when you feel unable to confront your harasser.
Perhaps they are your senior at work, or you just don’t feel comfortable explaining your concerns face to face.
If this is the case, then you might want to consider putting your concerns in writing to the individual.
Explain that you feel their behaviour is inappropriate, and if they do not modify it you will escalate your complaint.
Alternatively you could report the harassment to a colleague or supervisor.
Always check to find out what your employer’s policy is for formal complaints.
Employers in most US states (including New York) are legally required to:
If your employer does not adhere to the above, then you have a right to take legal action against them.
Important: If you ever feel physically threatened, or that your safety is in danger, then you should report your concerns to the authorities.
If you have suffered from sexual harassment you may be entitled to legal compensation.
It is important that you take detailed notes of offences that take place, the dates, and times.
If you report the incident, you should also keep details of the steps you took, and the actions (if any) taken by your employer.
These records can be used in any future lawsuit arising from your harassment.
You do not have to suffer in silence.
If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the state of New York, our experienced attorneys can help you get the justice and compensation you deserve.
We treat all cases with the strictest confidentiality, sensitivity, and compassion, and can work with you to decide the best legal recourse for your particular case.
We have a proven track record of success in securing our clients appropriate compensation for the injuries (physical or emotional) that they have suffered.
Contact us today for a free consultation.