Co-Worker Sexual Harassment | New York City Sexual Harassment Attorneys
Learn about New York City Sexual Harassment laws from a skilled New York Attorney.
You might have been told employment sexual harassment is only illegal if committed by your supervisor. That just isn’t so — there are many situations where you can pursue legal recourse if you have been sexually harassed by colleagues or workplace peers. Co-worker sexual harassment often creates a hostile work environment, affecting you both professionally and emotionally. But, you do not have to accept injustice at work anymore. Knowing where and when to turn for help is imperative, so speak with our New York City Sexual Harassment Attorneys at the Derek T. Smith Law Group today. We can help you seek justice for your emotional and financial suffering.
What is co-worker sexual harassment?
Lines often times become blurry in regards to sexual harassment between colleagues. What is offensive to one person may be perfectly acceptable to another. If you have been subjected to repeated offensive comments, lewd jokes, inappropriate pictures, invitations for dates, groping, touching, tagged in inappropriate social media post or requests for sexual favors, and the behavior is unwelcome, it may constitute sexual harassment. From a legal standpoint, the offensive behavior must create a hostile work environment which interferes with your personal and professional life. Alternatively, a one-time event may be considered sexual harassment if the conduct was severe enough.
Letting your harasser know the behavior is unwelcome, unwanted and makes you feel uncomfortable is the first step in ending the inappropriate conduct. Many professionals try to brush off harassment as just part of the job. But, don’t put your career in jeopardy and your emotional security on the line. A experienced sexual harassment attorney can help right the wrongs done to you.
Examples of workplace sexual harassment by professional colleagues
It may be unclear if a situation you have experienced is considered harassment. If you are unsure whether your circumstance warrants legal action, speak with a lawyer well-versed in New York employment law. Some specific examples of co-worker sexual harassment are:
- Giving you a sexually-explicit gift
- Repeatedly calling you “sweetheart,” “honey,” or “baby”
- Purposely brushing up against you
- Dropping a pencil, asking you to pick it up and then squeezing your buttocks
- Offering to give you a good recommendation in exchange for sexual favors
- Sending you flirty text messages, and complimenting you on your appearance
- Posting sexual comments about you on social media
- Making demeaning comments about women
- Talking about sex with others near you
- Sexually assaulting you
Different job sites have different codes of conduct dictated by the employee handbook. Some completely forbid intra-office fraternization. Others maintain specific rules for avoiding workplace harassment. Know the anti-harassment policies in your workplace, and follow the guidelines precisely for preventing and reporting inappropriate conduct.
Feeling safe from sexual harassment in the workplace
Workplace sexual harassment often goes unreported. Many men and women find reasons to not tell a supervisor, Human Resources or seek legal counsel about co-worker sexual harassment, such as:
- You feel like you can handle the situation on your own
- You work in a small office, and don’t want unwanted attention
- You want to avoid an uncomfortable confrontation
- Your harasser is good friends with your boss
- You are afraid your personal life will be scrutinized
Do not let embarrassment or other reservations prevent you from exposing the bad behavior from your co-workers. Many employees in New York City are unable to stop harassment on their own. Getting an experienced New York City sexual harassment lawyer on your side can help you maintain a safe work environment — and compensate you for lost wages, emotional distress, legal fees and more.
Consult a compassionate New York Employment Attorney today
When you have been demeaned as a professional and as a human being, contact the employment law firm of Derek T. Smith Law Group for help. Our sexual harassment attorneys represent victims of workplace sexual harassment and sex/gender discrimination. Our employment law attorneys work for you. To schedule your free initial consultation, call us today at 877-469-5297 or contact the firm online. We never charge legal fees unless we recover compensation for you. Our main office is located in NEW YORK CITY, in the heart of Manhattan’s financial district and we also have offices in NEW JERSEY and PENNSYLVANIA. We can evaluate your Co-Worker Sexual Harassment case and let you know if you have a claim worth pursuing.