In April 2015, CBS made national headlines because one of its own, Kenneth Lombardi, sued CBS for sexual harassment. Lombardi, a CBS celebrity reporter sued the company due to an alleged co-worker “drunkenly groping him during a boozy encounter.” Though one can blame this encounter on the alcohol, there was alleged misconduct following this encounter between the two counterparts. Due to CBS not taking the allegations seriously, Lombardi claims that he was forced to leave his job, and sought damages for the violation of labor laws, amongst other things.
Though this case was newsworthy because of the corporation that was being sued, sexual harassment in the workplace happens every day. If you or a loved one have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, contacting a Sexual Harassment Attorney at The Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg could be beneficial to your case. We are dedicated to fighting for you.
What is Sexual Harassment in New York City?
According to New York City law it is unlawful to harass a person who is an applicant or employee because of that person’s sex. Sexual harassment can include unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. Though these are the common ways a person can be sexually harassed, sexual harassment can also include offensive remarks about a person’s sex. It is important to note that the person bringing suit does not have to be the victim, but can be anyone who was affected by the offensive conduct. In most instances, a sexual harasser is someone who is in a position of power or authority and in 2014 the EEOC recorded 31.2% of cases that were held before it consisted of sex discrimination. To break this number down further, three in ten cases before the EEOC were sex discrimination cases.
What are the Sexual Harassment Laws?
Sexual harassment in New York City is a form of sex discrimination that violates federal employment discrimination law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as New York State’s Human Rights Law and New York City’s Human Rights Law. Title VII applies to employers with 15 or more employees including state and local governments, employment agencies and labor organizations, and the federal government. New York State’s Human Rights Law and the New York City’s Human Rights Law prohibit sexual harassment and reach much smaller employers than the Civil Rights Act.
Sexual Harassment will be considered under the totality of the circumstances when submission to or rejection of this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, it unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or when it creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment. If any of the above occurs, it is important for the victim to inform the harasser directly that the conduct is unwelcome and must stop. Also, the victim should use any employer complaint mechanism or grievance system that is available to the victim.
Need Legal Advice?
If you or a loved one have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you do not have to fight for justice alone. We understand that difficulty that accompanies a sexual harassment suit and we are dedicated to fighting for you. Sexual harassment cases require an experienced New York City sexual harassment attorney and we are dedicated to fighting for you. Contact The Law Offices of Joseph & Norinsberg today at firstname.lastname@example.org or (212)-JUSTICE. We are here for you and offer free case evaluation!