Our attorneys walk you through how to handle your case

Sexual harassment in New York workplaces can take on different forms. Sometimes superiors or coworkers make incessant, offensive, sexually themed dirty jokes. Maybe someone in your office continues to ask you out on dates, despite your constant refusal. Perhaps you have been offered a career-related incentive in exchange for sexual favors, or been told that you will be fired if you do not accept sexual advances. In all of these instances and more, you may be experiencing sex harassment.

If you were harassed at work, you are probably confused about how to handle the situation. It’s not easy to fight back against someone who is intimidating you. However, a NYC sexual harassment lawyer at the Derek Smith Law Group can guide you through the process.

Step to take if you are a victim of harassment in New York City

If you are suffering from harassment, there are several steps you can take. Consider taking the following measures to ensure your protection should you decide to proceed with a legal case:

  • Make sure you are clear that the behaviors, such as unsolicited come-ons, offensive jokes, or other sexual advances, are unwanted, and that you wish them to stop.
  • Take the steps necessary to make sure your employer is aware you feel harassed. This may include speaking with a superior (or a superior of the harasser), filing a written or verbal complaint, or consulting with the human resources department. In cases where there is nowhere you feel comfortable reporting the behavior, a New York sexual harassment attorney can help you determine the appropriate actions to take.
  • Try to maintain a record of the acts. Include as much detail as possible about interactions that made you uncomfortable, objects or pictures you received, or other evidence of harassment.
  • Keep a journal of any interactions, such as requests for dates or sex, jokes that were told, or inappropriate touching. Include the date and time, what was said or what occurred, and who was present.
  • Hold onto any objects or pictures you might have been given that are harassing in nature or that made you feel uncomfortable. This might include unwanted gifts, cards or materials that are explicit in nature.
  • Save a copy of any other types of sexually harassing communication. This may include emails, phone messages, or even handwritten notes. Keep a copy of these things in a personal drive or file so that they cannot be deleted via a workplace server.

When filing a complaint with Human Resources or speaking with a supervisor proves to be ineffective, bring all the evidence you have to a sexual harassment lawyer. Only an experienced sexual harassment attorney can advise you on the appropriate legal measures available to you. The Derek Smith Law Group serves clients in and around NYC.

NYC sexual harassment lawyers protecting your rights

If you believe you have been sexually harassed at work, schedule a free initial consultation with a sexual harassment attorney at the Derek Smith Law Group today. You can reach us online, or by calling 877-4NYLAWS.

 

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