Sexual Harassment Lawyer in New Jersey
What is Sexual Harassment?
The EEOC defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors or other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature. This harassment doesn't necessarily need to be sexual in nature and can include comments or remarks about a person's sex.
Types of Sexual Harassment
There are two types of sexual harassment:
- Hostile Work Environment - This type of sexual harassment exists when a person's behavior creates a work environment that is uncomfortable or difficult to work in due to discrimination of some kind. This harassment can take many forms such as inappropriate comments or behavior that becomes pervasive. This type of behavior is illegal under law and should not be tolerated.
- Quid Pro Quo - Generally meaning "this for that" quid pro quo sexual harassment exists when a person of authority such as your boss or supervisor makes sexual advances in return for continued employment or other benefits. Contrary to a hostile work environment case even a single incident is enough to pursue a claim.
Sexual Harassment Statistics
Following are statistics from The Huffington Post (https://www.huffpost.com/entry/1-in-3-women-sexually-harassed-work-cosmopolitan_n_6713814) about Sexual Harassment in the United States.
- Nearly 1 in 3 women in the workplace under 35 have experienced sexual harassment of some kind at least once.
- Roughly 75% of workplace sexual harassment cases go unreported. Many of these didn't realize the behavior exhibited towards them was classified as sexual harassment.
- More than 50% of reported cases have experienced some form of retaliation. Retaliation is also illegal and with proper representation can also be pursued.
- Women typically face sexual harassment at the workplace at more than twice the rate of men.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
It's often unclear what constitutes sexual harassment in the workplace. A hostile work environment, in particular, can be difficult to ascertain and more complicated to prove. Here are some examples of what may be perceived as sexual harassment:
- Unwanted sexual advances toward a subordinate
- Asking about a person's sexual life, such as history or preferences
- Unwarranted touching of any kind
- Sexual jokes or comments even when they're not directed at the victim
- Non-verbal behavior such as staring, throwing kisses, or licking lips
- Repeated comments about someone's appearance or clothing
This list is non-exhaustive. There are a myriad of behaviors that could be considered sexual harassment. If you feel you're a victim of harassment, you should talk to an employment lawyer to learn more.
Getting The Help You Need
If you feel you've been the victim of sexual harassment we can help. We offer a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. We can discuss your specific scenario and what options are available to you to pursue a potential claim. Contact us today to learn more.
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