Workplace Sexual Harassment Happens More Often Than You Think

Women make up almost half of the U.S. workforce, according to the United States Department of Labor. By 2018, it is projected that a majority of the total labor force will be female. That being said, as the number of women in the working field has surged so has the vulnerability of these women to be victims of workplace harassment. Workplace harassment occurs when an office or workplace becomes a hostile work environment due to sexually-charged comments or actions directed at an employee. This type of harassment can take many forms. If you or someone you know thinks they have been the victim of workplace discrimination, contact the most aggressive sexual harassment lawyers NYC has to offer.

Statistically Speaking

An ABC News/Washington Post poll found that one in four women in the United States has experienced workplace sexual harassment. One out of ten men has experienced workplace sexual harassment, too, according to the study. Even more, one-quarter of men polled said they were afraid of being falsely accused of sexual harassment.

Aside from experiencing workplace sexual harassment, many employees do not report the discriminatory behavior due to fear or intimidation. A different survey conducted by Cosmopolitan that surveyed more than 2,200 full-time and part-time female employees between the ages 18 and 34 found that only 29 percent had reported the harassment and several had been harassed multiple times. In fact, a Huffington Post poll found that of the 13 percent of respondents to a poll on this issue who reported experiencing workplace sexual harassment, 70 percent failed to report the discrimination.

Types of Sexual Harassment

There are two types of workplace sexual harassment that are recognized under the law: quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment sexual harassment.

  • Quid pro quo – this occurs when an employee is able to stay employed or is offered a promotion, based on whether or not he or she submitted to or rejected sexual advances or other inappropriate sexual comments by a supervisor or coworker. Even if an employee submits to the sexual comment or advance, it does not forever bar him or her from filing a complaint.
  • Hostile work environment – this occurs when a supervisor or coworker in the workplace makes sexual comments or advances to an employee that, while not quid pro quo, creates a working environment that is hostile and offensive because it affects the victim’s ability to do his or her job.

Generally, if the employer is aware – or should have been aware – of the sexual discrimination and did nothing to discipline the perpetrator and correct the situation, the employer can also be liable in addition to the offender.

Sexual Harassment Lawyer NYC

Contact the most skilled sexual harassment lawyer NYC has to offer at Levine & Blit, PLLC. If you or someone you know has been experiencing sexual harassment – or any other type of discrimination – in the workplace from colleagues or a supervisor. The most aggressive sexual harassment lawyers NYC has to offer, our legal professionals are well versed in federal, state and local laws that govern these cases. Contact our NYC office today to schedule your initial case evaluation with an employment law attorney. Call (646) 461-6838 today.