Federal and state laws were implemented to protect the rights of workers who face discrimination, harassment, and offensive behavior in the workplace. Unfortunately, people still face discrimination and harassment from employers, colleagues, and supervisors. Sometimes, this offensive behavior is sexual in nature and that leaves employees facing hostile, intimidating, and abusive work environments. If you have been the victim of sexual harassment, state and federal laws dictate actions that you may take in order to hold offenders accountable and protect your rights. Sexual harassment is difficult to prove in a court of law. Plaintiffs will have to establish strong evidence that supports their claim. The defendant will work to do the same. Our attorneys are passionate about the law and will work tirelessly to represent the interests of our clients facing hostile work environments.
Is Sexual Harassment Considered A Form of Discrimination?
According to the federal government, yes. The government states that sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and violates the rights of workers as per the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
New Jersey Law Against Discrimination – NJLAD
New Jersey has strengthened the fight against sexual harassment with the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. These laws state that sexual harassment can occur in many different situations and is not limited to a specific sex or gender. One of the primary characteristics of sexual harassment is that the offender’s behavior is consistent with unwanted actions. This meant that the person being harassed did not want or ask for the offender to act or behave a certain way with or around them. Another important characteristic of sexual harassment is that it does not have to be a direct assault on a person. Someone who witnesses unwanted or offensive behavior may also be a victim of sexual harassment. Anyone in the workplace can victim of sexual harassment or an alleged harasser; it is not necessary that an alleged harasser be of the opposite sex. Also important to note is that current employees are not the only group that can be victims of sexual harassment, as former and/or prospective employees can also be subject to sexual harassment from their former/prospective workplace.
If you believe that you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, there may be legal remedies available. The attorneys at Shebell and Shebell are here to provide you with the guidance that you need.