New Jersey Sexual Harassment Victim Lawyers
Victim of Sexual Harassment
Incidents of sexual harassment can occur in a variety of situations and manners, and in many cases, the victim is unsure or unaware that he or she is being harassed. Sexual harassment is illegal and employers are responsible for preventing such behavior from occurring in the workplace. If you believe that you are a victim of harassment and your employer has not protected you from mistreatment at work, you may be entitled to take legal action. The sexual harassment victim attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can help you determine the best course of action for your case and to advocate on your behalf to protect your rights. Call us at (609) 240-0040.
What Constitutes Sexual Harassment?
It can be difficult to identify sexual harassment; however, the behavior tends to fit into the following two categories:
- Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment - When employment opportunities or decisions are determined by sexual acts. For example, if the victim refuses to consent to a sexual act and his or her employer threatens termination of employment or refuses a promotion.
- Hostile Environment Sexual Harassment - When an individual’s work performance is disrupted or hindered by unwanted sexual behavior or references, resulting in a hostile working environment.
Since sexual harassment can take a wide variety of forms, it is important to understand how harassment or torment can occur in the workplace. For example:
- Physical Harassment can include unwanted physical contact such as touching, grabbing, pinching, confining, and actual or attempted rape or assault.
- Verbal Harassment can include suggestive conversation, sexual insinuation, sexual jokes and humor, as well as propositioning sex.
- Non-verbal Harassment can include behaviors such as unwanted staring, insulting noises, obscene motions or actions, and obscene material.
Sexual harassment can happen to anyone and that’s why employers are tasked with preventing this undesired behavior from occurring in the workplace. Sexual harassment can have a serious negative impact on an employee’s ability to concentrate at work due to overwhelming stress, fear, or depression. It is not uncommon for victims of sexual harassment to be tormented by an employer or supervisor who may use his or her position to intimidate the victim from taking action.
If you believe you are being sexual harassed, clearly express to the harasser that the behavior must stop, either verbally or in writing, and then report the incident to a supervisor or human resources member. If the unwanted behavior continues and your employer does not protect you, document the harassment and contact an experienced attorney to help you pursue legal action.
Compassionate and Determined Attorneys
While it can be intimidating to confront the problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, if you are a victim it is your right to hold your employer accountable for maintaining a hostile-free environment at work. It is an employer’s obligation to protect his or her employees, whether from harmful accidents, dangerous conditions, or even harassment from others. If you or a loved one is facing sexual harassment at work, contact the New Jersey attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C to discuss your legal rights.
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