Sexual harassment is more harmful to the victim than many people realize, and it is something no one should have to endure. People who engage in sexual harassment may think their behavior is no big deal, but sexual harassment is unlawful. Sexual harassment is also traumatizing to the victim. You do not have to go through this with anyone. A Yonkers sexual harassment lawyer may fight your case to recover financial damages.
At Morelli Law Firm, we have handled cases to protect victims of sexual harassment. We do not allow big-name companies to scare us off from pursuing what is right under the law for our clients, either.
Get in touch with Morelli Law Firm by contacting our office at (212) 751-9800 and receive a no-obligation consultation.
Defining Sexual Harassment
If you wonder what sexual harassment is, you are not alone. Some people may not be sure if what they experienced is considered sexual harassment. Maybe they feel uncomfortable, but they need more clarity. Any type of sexual harassment is unlawful, but it is important to know the legal definition.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) states that “it is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex. Harassment can include ‘sexual harassment’ or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.”
Sexual harassment is not always about “sex.” It can just be insults about a person’s gender. Of course, unwelcome sexual advances are in the category of sexual harassment, and so are implications that you would get a better job if you offered “favors.”
Making an offensive remark once is not quite the same as doing it repeatedly —that is where the harassment comes into play. Some people are so harassed that they end up leaving their job.
Find peace of mind and understand your right to hire a Yonkers sexual harassment lawyer. Call the Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800; we will provide a no-obligation consultation.
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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Sexual harassment is more common in the workplace than people realize, even with laws in place. In 2017, the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) reported that 26,978 workplace harassment claims were filed. More than half of these claims were sexual harassment claims. However, the number is likely much greater because many people don’t report sexual harassment. Research suggests only one in ten reports such action.
Most victims of sexual harassment were women, but about one in five victims were men. Whether you are a woman or man, you can count on the Morelli Law Firm to help you recover financially for the suffering you’ve endured.
The Law Concerning Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. In addition, the EEOC recognizes sexual harassment as an act of employment discrimination. The EEOC states that “unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature constitutes sexual harassment when this conduct explicitly or implicitly affects an individual’s employment, unreasonably interferes with an individual’s work performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work environment.”
Therefore, when this occurs, you have a legal remedy to claim financial damages. The fact is when someone is sexually harassed regularly, it can have harmful effects.
Damages from Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment has damaging effects on people’s lives. Victims suffer in a variety of ways including emotionally, physically, and financially. The trauma from sexual harassment can be long-lasting. Some of the effects of sexual harassment may include:
- Anxiety attacks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Lack of motivation
- Substance abuse
- Suicidal ideation
A Yonkers sexual harassment lawyer can help you get your life back one step at a time. If you have been pushed out of a job because of the pressure of sexual harassment, you might be eligible for loss of pay. Some of the damages you may be awarded include:
- Back wages and benefits—if you were denied a promotion or a position because of your refusal to sexual advances, then you can file to get the back pay for those wages. This also goes for the vacation, sick pay, bonuses, and other perks, such as profit sharing or retirement benefits.
- Front wages—if you actually lost your job or were forced out because of sexual harassment, then you can get your job back. However, that may not be feasible. Therefore, you can be awarded money for future earnings.
- Pain and suffering damages—you deserve compensation for the emotional suffering you’ve endured as well as the damage to your reputation. All of this falls under pain and suffering damages.
A lawyer may use every part of the law to ensure you get the financial compensation you deserve for your problems. Sexual harassment is serious, and you do not have to sit by and take it any longer. You have a legal advocate in Morelli Law Firm.
Consider a Yonkers Sexual Harassment Lawyer
At Morelli Law Firm, we want to help you move forward in life. We will exhaust every resource to bring justice in your case. Do not go another day without resolving this wrong. You can contact us today to get started with filing your claim. Call the Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800. We can provide you a no-obligation case consultation.