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Sexual Harassment

The law is quite clear that no employee needs to put up with sexual harassment at work. Yet sexual harassment occurs in every industry. From stockbrokers to city workers, from service industry employees to executives, a hostile work environment reduces productivity and should not be tolerated.

While the law is clear, legal claims alleging sexual harassment are rarely straightforward. Evidence gathered in sexual harassment claims is often disputed. The outcome of any formal allegation of sexual harassment depends on the goals of the parties involved, but there can be a lot at stake for everyone, meaning tension is high.

The lawyers at Katz Melinger PLLC have the experience and knowledge to confidently guide you through the process. We are honest and upfront about the merits of your case and the legal consequences of the options before you. We always act in our clients' best interests, whether it is filing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), reaching a settlement or going to trial. We represent employers and employees throughout New York City, Nassau County, Suffolk County, Westchester County and its surrounding areas, and northern New Jersey in sexual harassment claims.

We Pursue Justice For Employees Who Have Been Harassed

At Katz Melinger PLLC, our lawyers have spent their careers helping employees stand up for their rights. Our experienced employment law attorneys understand what it takes to prove in court that you suffered sexual harassment. We represent employees who have experienced:

  • A hostile workplace environment. "It was just a joke" is not a defense to sexual harassment. Employers have an obligation to keep workplaces free from offensive behavior, including unwanted sexual advances, offensive comments and jokes, and other actions that create a hostile work environment.
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment. Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when a supervisor asks for sexual favors in return for work benefits or threatens to take adverse employment action unless the sexual favors are granted. If you have experienced quid pro quo sexual harassment, you have the right to hold your supervisor, management and employer accountable. You can also help protect other employees from sexual harassment by talking to us and standing up for your rights.

For Employers

With our extensive experience on both sides of employee claims regarding sexual harassment, we are in an excellent position to advise employers on workplace policies designed to prevent sexual harassment and mitigate risk. This includes general advice, contract drafting and review, and creating comprehensive employee handbooks, among other legal services. No employee should be sexually harassed in the workplace. Proactive approaches can lower the risk of such behavior and mitigate the consequences if it does occur.

Understand Your Rights And Options

If you wish to explore your legal rights and options, schedule an initial consultation with Katz Melinger PLLC through this confidential online contact form. You may also speak to one of our experienced employment law attorneys by calling 212-460-0047.