New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyer
Helping Employees Fight Sexual Misconduct at Work in NJ & Philadelphia
Sexual harassment is considered a severe form of sex-based discrimination. It can involve vulgar and cruel treatment of victims who experience demeaning and painful situations. Sexual harassment can happen to anyone. It affects people at all levels in all types of professions.
Federal and New Jersey state law both protect employees from workplace sexual harassment. You have a right to a workplace free of sexual harassment no matter where you work. However, despite protective sexual harassment laws, this form of misconduct is still pervasive in the workplace.
If you experienced unwanted conduct of a sexual nature by a coworker, supervisor, or someone else at work, we can help. Our sexual harassment attorneys in New Jersey can evaluate your sexual harassment claim and proceed with legal action.
How to Identify Sexual Harassment at Work
Many people who have experienced sexual harassment may be wary to report it because they are unsure if their experience qualifies. While an attorney can evaluate your claim, there are some ways to determine if you are a victim of sexual harassment.
It is important to remember sexual harassment can happen to anyone. Sexual harassment may also be physical or non-physical in nature. Sometimes the employee may not even be the direct recipient of abuse. They may have witnessed and been adversely affected by this abuse, creating a hostile work environment.
Common examples of sexual harassment in the workplace include:
- Any form of unwanted or inappropriate physical contact, such as unwanted sexual advances or sexual assault
- Any request for sexual favors, especially when employment benefits conditioned upon giving in to the request (quid pro quo sexual harassment)
- Sexually explicit jokes or comments, or those that offend a particular sex (even if no direct individual is mentioned)
- Any sexually suggestive comments made about a person
- Unwelcomed sexual advances
- Images or links in emails that contain sexually explicit content
- The display of sexually offensive imagery at work
What Is a Sexually Hostile Work Environment?
A sexually hostile work environment is one where a boss or coworker’s actions, behaviors, or communications are sexual in nature. These actions occur with such frequency or severity that it is difficult or impossible for the victim to do their job.
Because sexual harassment is a form of discrimination, anyone affected by sexual misconduct can file a harassment claim. They do not need to be the direct recipient of abuse to file this type of claim.
Understanding Quid Pro Quo Harassment
Quid pro quo is a form of sexual harassment that involves the exchange of a sexual favor for a workplace incentive. The incentive may be a promotion or raise, but it can also be threatening in nature. For example, the perpetrator can insinuate that someone will not be fired if they perform a sex act.
Any kind of transaction that requires a party to engage in or be subjected to sexual activity is illegal. If someone at work makes an offer to you involving your participation in sex acts, immediately consult with an attorney.
Legal Support Through Your Sexual Harassment Claim
No one should have to endure a violation of their rights without the opportunity to seek legal recourse. In many sexual harassment cases, plaintiffs can seek monetary damages as fair and just compensation for their mistreatment at work. We can help you fight for fair and just compensation if you need to hold responsible parties accountable.
Get in touch with an employment attorney from The Law Firm of Morgan Rooks today. Schedule a consultation by completing our online contact form.
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