Any unwanted sexual comments, jokes, or sexual advances in the workplace or another professional setting would be considered sexual harassment. If you suffered sexual harassment from a coworker, boss, employee, customer, or another person at your workplace, you may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation. You can hire a Union City sexual harassment lawyer from Morelli Law Firm to represent you along the way.
We can listen to the details of your case and provide a consultation. By working with Morelli Law Firm, you will have a lawyer on your side who can answer questions and help you through the legal process.
You Could Recover Damages with a Lawsuit
Sexual harassment can take a real toll on the victim. It can make the workplace hostile, difficult, or intolerable. The victim may be forced to quit if the harassment is not stopped, and they no longer feel comfortable or safe at their job.
If this sounds like your situation, you may be able to file a lawsuit for compensation. You could be awarded multiple types of damages, including:
- Back pay, which includes both wages and benefits that you missed out on if you were fired or forced to leave a job because of harassment
- Front pay, which can award victims damages to compensate for wages they will be unable to earn going forward
- Compensatory damages, which are meant to compensate a victim for emotional distress, or pain and suffering
- Punitive damages, which are meant to act as a punishment that will prevent future bad behavior
The kinds of damages you can seek with a lawsuit will depend on your particular situation. You may not be eligible for all the damages listed above, or you could qualify for even more. A Union City sexual harassment lawyer from Morelli Law Firm can help analyze your specific case and how the law applies.
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Quid Pro Quo vs Hostile Work Environment Harassment
There are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo and hostile work environment. A superior stating or implying that a person’s continued employment or other work benefit depends on their giving in to sexual favors would be quid pro quo. Hostile work environment claims would be anything that makes an employee feel unsafe or uncomfortable, like sexually explicit material being displayed on a company computer for others to see.
Some examples of sexual harassment include:
- A manager telling an employee they can get a pay raise if they sleep with them
- An employee making suggestive comments about how the women in the office are dressed
- A customer making sexually explicit jokes whenever they come into the office
- An employee showing a coworker nude photos
The offender does not need to be a superior or even an employee. If the behavior comes from a customer or other non-employee, that is still sexual harassment. Also, the victim can be a male or female. If the employee has told the offender to stop or told their human resources department and nothing changes, it may be time for a lawsuit.
Sexual Harassment Can Be Verbal
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that even disparaging remarks about women as a whole, for instance, could be sexual harassment, even without being explicitly sexual in nature. The law does not apply to all incidents, such as stand-alone incidents. However, in 2020, the New Jersey Governor’s Office expanded the state law to clarify that even one-time incidents can cause a hostile work environment.
Your case will be strongest if you have made it known that the comments are not welcome and that the harassment needs to stop. If the harassment is interfering with your productivity or has created a hostile work environment, contact Morelli Law Firm today. We have a lawyer on our team for you.
A Lawyer Can Help You with Your Case
Morelli Law Firm has experience with sexual harassment cases. We have won millions for our clients, including a $95 million record-breaking verdict for a single plaintiff in a sexual harassment case. The size of your compensation will depend on the details of your case, but we will fight to get what is owed to you.
A lawyer from our team will be able to gather evidence, give advice, calculate damages, and put together a strong case. We can also speak with the offender’s legal team. We will be there every step of the way to help you navigate the complicated world of the law.
Call Our Attorneys Today to Learn More
Morelli Law Firm wants you to get justice and can work alongside you to build a strong case and fight for compensation. A Union City sexual harassment lawyer can stand up for you and your family in your case. Call us today at (212) 751-9800 to find out more about how we can assist you in your lawsuit.