New York City Harassment on the Job

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Do you feel like you are being harassed at your job in New York City?

It does not matter what your age is, or where you work, you have a legal right to a harassment-free workplace. Federal Laws prohibit workplace discrimination and are enforced by U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). These laws were passed by Congress and signed by the President.

These laws cover discrimination or harassment with regards to:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Harassment
  • Disability
  • National Origin
  • Pregnancy
  • Race/Color
  • Religion
  • Retaliation
  • Sex
  • Age
  • Genetic Information
  • Equal Pay/Compensation

In New York City Commission on Human Rights enforces workplace discrimination or harassment based on:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Religion/Creed
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Gender
  • Gender Identity
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Pregnancy
  • Disability
  • Caregiver Status
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Marital or Partnership Status
  • Alienage or Citizenship Status
  • Arrest or Conviction Record
  • Status as Victim of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, or Stalking •Unemployment Status
  • Credit History

If your work place has more than 4 employees, it is possible that any actions listed above violates New York State law, and your employer is legally obligated to ensure that the harassment stops. If your workplace has more than 15 employees, the harassment would also violate federal law, and your employer is legally obligated to ensure that the harassment stops. If you need a New York discrimination attorney to assist you, please contact us.

Many times younger employees are frequently more vulnerable to sexual harassment because they don’t realize that the harassment they are experiencing is illegal, or because they’re afraid to stand up for themselves even though a coworker is making them uncomfortable. You should not put up with any type of harassment in your workplace.

If you are being harassed by a coworker, take the following steps, in this order and document every action taken by your harasser and the steps you take to rectify the matter:

Step 1: Make it clear to the harasser that his behavior is unwelcome. Do not be shy about standing up for yourself. If you feel you cannot stand up for yourself, DO NOT PLAY ALONG, DO NOT laugh at crude jokes, DO NOT accept the behavior, just so you will not offend the harasser.

Step 2: If Step 1 does not work, complain to your supervisor/manager and make it clear that you expect the illegal harassment to stop.

Step 3: If Step 2, Contact your HR department.

Step 4: If Step 3 doesn’t work, file a complaint with the New York State Division of Human Rights or with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Both agencies investigate discrimination claims and enforce the anti-discrimination laws.

Step 5: If the previous steps fail, hire an attorney and consider bringing a lawsuit.


At the Law Offices of Patel and Soltis, we will fight for your rights no matter what type of employment discrimination you face.

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