Sexual harassment, despite being prohibited by state and federal law, happens in workplaces across New Jersey and across our nation every day. But this does not mean you have to accept it or even ignore it – just because something is common does not mean it is right. If you feel you have faced sexual harassment in your workplace, speak up. If speaking up about your experience does not correct the problem, consider taking legal action to make the harassment stop and to pursue financial compensation for your related losses.
The Two Types Of Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment falls into two categories: quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment sexual harassment.
Quid pro quo, Latin for “this for that,” sexual harassment is the type of sexual harassment that involves a supervisor or another individual in a superior position using his or her position to pressure a subordinate into engaging in sexual activity with him or her. Examples of quid pro quo sexual harassment include:
- Offering favorable treatment, like a desirable work schedule or a promotion, in exchange for sexual activity;
- Making sexual activity a condition of being hired or remaining employed; and
- Threatening termination, poor performance reviews, or other types of retaliation as punishment for the subordinate’s refusal to engage in sexual activity with the harasser.
A hostile work environment can result from actions on anybody’s behalf, regardless of his or her position within the company. Examples of this type of sexual harassment include:
- Unwanted touching;
- Subjecting victims to lewd and sexually explicit comments and images; and
- Asking employees inappropriate questions and making assumptions about their sexual and romantic lives.
What To Do When You Face Sexual Harassment At Work
Being a sexual harassment victim can cost you in a lot of ways. Beyond missing days because of the stress you feel due to the harassment and humiliation you face at work, your reduced productivity or refusal to comply with your employer’s requests can lead to you being passed over for promotion or even terminated.
Document every incident you feel is an act of sexual harassment and bring the evidence you collect to your company’s Human Resources department. This might lead to your case being resolved internally, but if it does not, discuss your case with an experienced employment lawyer. He or she may advise you to file a sexual harassment claim with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), depending on your employer and the nature of your case.
Work With A Top Wall Township Sexual Harassment Attorney
When you face sexual harassment at work, you have the right to work with an experienced Monmouth County sexual harassment attorney to take action and pursue financial compensation for your related losses. Learn more about your rights as a sexual harassment victim and the legal options available to you during your free consultation with a member of Sattiraju Law Firm, PC. We are one of New Jersey and New York’s premier employment law firms and will use our extensive experience to serve you.