Nine Common Mistakes of Sexual Harassment Victims in New York City
Sexual harassment runs rampant throughout New York City workplaces. However, much harassment goes unreported or underreported. Alternatively, complaints get dismissed because the victim does not go through the proper channels. A large portion of sexual harassment victims in and around NYC make common mistakes that jeopardize their right to justice – and compensation.
At the Derek Smith Law Group, we are here to help you avoid common pitfalls and protect your sexual harassment case. Some things to keep in mind:
- Not reporting harassment. Tell your supervisor and Human Resource representative about the inappropriate conduct. Follow all company procedures.
- Not documenting the harassment. Keeps records and retain copies of emails, texts, phone calls, and all other evidence relating to the case.
- Not telling the harasser to stop. Make it clear to your harasser that the behavior is unwelcome.
- Not becoming familiar with anti-harassment policies. Read your employee handbook cover to cover. Learn the correct processes for
- Not knowing what constitutes harassment. If you feel uncomfortable at work, learn about what behavior is acceptable – and what is illegal.
- Not checking for an arbitration agreement. When you sign an employment contract, there may be an arbitration clause that limits your ability to bring a case to court.
- Not filing a complaint in time. There are specific time limits in which to file a claim with the EEOC or a lawsuit with the court system. Failing to file in
- Not contacting an attorney. Speak with an NYC lawyer as soon as you suspect harassment.
If you make a wrong turn at a point during your case, do not blame yourself. You are not at fault. Generally speaking, there are still probably ways to file a successful sexual harassment charge against your employer.
The Derek Smith Law Group, PLLC handles a multitude of cases that involve sexual harassment in New York City. For further information, please feel free to call us at 212-587-0760 or toll-free at 1-877-4NYLAWS or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.