New York on the Job Sexual Harassment
It is unlawful to harass an employee including applicants because of the person’s sex. Sexual harassment includes requests for sexual favors, unwelcome sexual advances, and other harassment of a sexual nature that can be either verbal or physical.
In New York, the harasser can be the victim’s supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer.
Offensive remarks about a person’s sex are also considered sexual harassment in New York City. Sexual harassment can be of a general nature such as making offensive comments about women in general to a woman.
It does not matter the sex of the harasser or the victim of sexual harassment in New York City. The victim and harasser can be the same sex, opposite sex, and either man or woman.
Simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious are not considered illegal, however if harassment is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment it can rise to a level that would be considered illegal sexual harassment in New York. If the harassment results in an adverse employment decision such as the victim being fired or demoted the victim should contact a New York City Sexual Harassment lawyer.
The New York Attorney General has a brochure that goes into sexual harassment in more depth. Sometimes sexual harassment rises to a criminal level. Contact a New York Sexual Harassment Attorney to discuss your situation.