Workplace Sexual Harassment

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SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE LAWYER NY

We’ve helped employees just like you recover millions in damages. We can help you too!

Do you think that you might have been a victim of sexual harassment? The labor and employment law firm of El-Hag & Associates, P.C can help you. Our Westchester New York sexual harassment law firm specializes in workplace sexual harassment and hostile work environments.  We have recovered millions of dollars for victims of workplace discrimination. We have brought discrimination lawsuits against small businesses and major multinational corporations and have achieved excellent results for our clients.

If you think you might be a victim of workplace sexual harassment, please call us today for a free consultation. We can quickly assess your case and let you know the options available to you.  In most cases, it is difficult to prove sexual harassment or a hostile work environment unless there are texts, emails, videos, or other “smoking gun”, which is why it is best to schedule a consultation with our employment and labor law firm and go through the facts, how best to gather evidence to prove your case, and come up with a plan.

WHAT IS SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN THE WORKPLACE

Sexual harassment in the workplace is any unwanted and without consent request for sexual favors, workplace physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature, and sexual advances, sexual harassment can include anything from repeated compliments or comments about a person's appearance to outright sexual assault and battery. Sexual harassment can be a form of gender discrimination, and it can hurt an individual's career and overall productivity.

Sexual harassment violates federal law under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and applies to employers with 15 or more employees, including local and state governments and educational institutions. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the federal agency that enforces Title VII and other anti-discrimination laws. The harassing conduct could also violate NY Criminal Law Statutes.

If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment at work, contact our experienced labor and employment sexual harassment and hostile work environment attorney to discuss your case. Our attorneys can help you determine whether you have a valid claim and what steps to take to protect your rights and protect yourself legally and emotionally. Gender discrimination for both women and men can be extremely damaging to someone's career and mental health, and it is unfortunately very common in the workplace.

You must speak up if you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace. Laws are in place to protect workers from sexual harassment, and you may be able to file a claim against your employer. Our experienced labor and employment law firm can help you understand your rights and options.

There are two key types of sexual harassment

1. Quid Pro Quo sexual harassment in the workplace occurs when an employee is told that if they are not receptive or otherwise agree to a boss’s or authority figure’s sexual advances, they won’t get job opportunities, raises, promotions, or any other employment benefits. An employee cannot be threatened with the loss of their employment if they don’t give in to the sexual advances of another employee, supervisor, or boss. If this type of harassment happens once, it’s illegal.

2. Hostile Work Environment harassment is also a form of sexual harassment as someone at the workplace's sexual comments or sexual behavior interferes with one’s ability to work and feel safe. It could be a coworker, client, vendor, delivery person, or supervisor, making sexual comments or exhibiting sexual behavior that makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe at work. Unlike most other workplace violations, if this is the type of sexual harassment that you are being subjected to you don't need to prove it happened over a period of time or multiple times.

Examples Of Sexual Harassment In The Workplace

  • Unwelcome sexual advances that make working conditions intolerable to the individual beeding target

  • Sexual Assault, unwanted sexual contact, including fondling, groping, and rape which are the most serious and violations of criminal law

  • Forcing an employee to have sex against their will through sexual coercion by a supervisor exercising their power. This can include threats of negative job consequences or job loss

    • Harassment such as intimidating sexual comments, gestures, and jokes harassing or intimidating the employee being targeted

    • Sexual Intimidation by a manager or co-employee making repeated unwanted sexual advances in an offensive and threating way

    What Is Not Sexual Harassment or a Hostile Workplace

    It is not sexual harassment when people in the workplace make petty slights, that are generally annoying, or make isolated sexual, discriminatory, or derogatory remarks (unless extremely serious) towards you. To be unlawful, the conduct must create a work environment that would be intimidating, hostile, or offensive to reasonable people

    Sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment does not require that you be a member of a protected class, however sexual harassment is most prevalent towards protected classes such as gender and sexual orientation.

    Our NY Sexual Harassment Hostile Work Environment Law Firm Will Fight To Get Your Money

    If You Believe Your Employer His Creating a Hostile Work Environment through Sexual Harassment We Can Help You Recover What Is Rightfully Yours
    • No upfront fees or retainers - we get paid only if YOU get paid
    • ​8 in 10 clients recover tens of thousands, and 2 in 10 can recover life changing amounts.
    • Generally takes 4 - 9 months from start to money-in-your-pocket
    • Our workplace gender discrimination lawyers will know how to best collect evidence to prove your case and build a strong argument.
    • Our experienced sexual harassment attorneys can negotiate on your behalf to get you the best possible outcome
    • Our sexual harassment hostile work environment lawyers can help you file a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which is the federal agency that handles Gender discrimination claims, and The New York State Division of Human Rights, Department of Labor, and other relevant agencies and bring your case to court which is unnecessary in most cases.
    • Protection from revenge - your boss can’t fire you, change your hours or mess with your work environment, or further harass you due to your sexual harassment and hostile work environment claims against them - your boss can’t fire you, change your hours or mess with your work environment due to your sexual harassment claim
    • You can recover money from any company you worked for in the past three years for sexual harassment
    • We’ll do all the hard work to get you your Money. You just need to give us the details. You (usually) won’t even have to show up
    • You can get your job back or front pay instead of getting your job back so you have money in your pocket while you look for another job.
    • Hiring our experienced NY workplace sexual harassment law firm gives you the best chance of recovering the money that you deserve. Our sexual harassment law firm gives you the best chance of recovering the compensation that you deserve

    Case Results and Testimonials

    Case Results & Testimonials

    • James recovered $160,000 in severance pay and left work on his own terms.
    • Katrina recovered $60,000 when her employer denied her leave for her disabled child (3 years pay)!
    • Tony recovered $50,000 for losing his job after his boss made racists comments!
    • Monica recovered $25,000 in unpaid overtime because her boss incorrectly treated her as not entitled to overtime under the law as a salaried office worker.
    • Manuel recovered $45,000 as a deli worker because he worked more than 40 hours a week without overtime pay. The boss paid him off the books without paying him any overtime and we recovered an extra $10,000 in penalties.
    Contact us right now for a FREE  sexual harassment in the workplace Consultation. If you don't act fast, you can lose your chance to recover!
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    How We Help You Get the Compensation That You Deserve For Your Workplace Gender Discrimination Case In Just 4-9 Months

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    Schedule

    10-minute initial free wage evaluation. We give you the game plan that you can follow even if you do not want to work with us. Just fill out the form to start.

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    Detailed Consult

    If you decide to move forward, we build your case. Give us your documents. Give us the details.
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    Demand Letter

    We send a letter to your company. Many times we can get a settlement negotiated in the beginning without even going to court. You can get your money in as little as two months.
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    Lawsuit

    We file the lawsuit, we spend the money, you only have to be involved for a few hours over the course of the lawsuit. 90% of the time, we manage to settle the case, you get paid. 

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    Finalize

    Finish the lawsuit, you sign some papers and get your check.  

    Don't Let Your Employer Intimidate You From Being Compensated For The Gender Discrimination in the Workplace That You Were Subjected To By Threatening Or Scaring You Into Inaction

    • You can sue any company you worked for in the past three years. It does not have to be a company at which you are currently working.

    • The law protects you. The law prevents retaliation. You can collect unpaid wages and benefits, and penalties, demand your job back, and even demand front pay (money to cover you for the time it would take to find new work.

    • Attorney-Client Privilege- We CANNOT tell anyone about your case unless you ask us to. Your call is 100% confidential and protected by the attorney-client privilege.

    • Attack only when you’re comfortable. We only move forward when you are ready. There is no pressure to start. You can have your workplace sexual harassment evaluation, come up with a strategy, collect evidence, and begin when you are ready.

    Why You Should Not Wait To Take Action Against Your Employer For Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

    There Are Many Reasons You Need To Act Fast Before You Lose Your Chance To Start A Lawsuit To Recover Damages That You May Be Entitled To Against The Employer That Sexually Harassed You
    • The Company can go out of business.

    • You can run out of time to bring a lawsuit if you haven't already

    • The company can be sold or transferred

    • Someone else could sue and complicate your chance of collecting your wages

    • The company could file for bankruptcy

    • The owner could die

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    Justina Peets

    Justina Peets

    3 months ago via Google

    Jordan and his staff was so professional, and on top of my case, they updated me throughout the process the whole way through! If i ever need a lawyer again i will be calling Jordan without a second thought.

    Matthew Zekanovic

    Matthew Zekanovic

    a year ago via Google

    Jordan and his team are the best at what they do. His professionalism is nothing but superior and made the whole process easy and stress free. There wasn't a single objective that he couldn't overcome. Jordan was nothing but honest, transparent, and easy to work with. Never at one point did I feel he wasn't trustworthy. He guided me in the right direction to achieve the best possible outcome, and succeeded. I wouldn't recommend anyone else but El-Hag & Associates!

    Paul

    Paul

    a year ago via Google

    I hired Jordan to take a look at a recent employment agreement. Unlike other lawyers, it was a pleasure communicating with him. We had an initial phone call and within 2 hours he read the documents, attached notes to specific parts of it and was able to break it down for me in plain English. He has been available for follow up questions without demanding additional pay - which I appreciate. I work in the psychiatry field and have a very good sense for people and their trustworthiness. I will definitely be coming back to Jordan for any future legal advice associated with my business. I also plan to recommend him to colleagues, friends and family. A+ experience!

    Jeffrey Medina

    Jeffrey Medina

    a year ago via Google

    Very responsive and knowledgeable. Great guy who is willing to help no matter how big or small the issue or question.

    Kinney Glass

    Kinney Glass

    2 months ago via Google

    I was discouraged by other firms who told me it wasn’t worth effort. After the first time speaking with Jordan El-Hag I decided to place my faith in him. He was patient and meticulous. Always keeping me up to date with the case. When curveballs would come my way the team would reassure me not to worry. I will recommend everyone I know to El Hag and Associates.

    Why clients prefer El-Hag Law

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    Challenge

    Company lied by saying employees should not be paid for travel time because they only used the construction headquarters for commuting.

    Approach

    Hired a private detective to video tape the construction yard in the mornings to show that the workday began when employees arrived to work.

    Result

    We secured for our client one of the largest single-person wage recoveries that the Judge had seen in his career!

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    Challenge

    Company tried to not pay our client who worked in an office overtime by claiming she was an exempt administrative employee and sales person. 

    Approach

    We got the business owner to lie under oath, and then showed the court the evidence of our client working at the restaurant. Subjecting the company owner to perjury charges.

    Result

    Our client secured $35,000 and was able to start a restaurant of his own with his family using the settlement money.

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    Challenge

    Company tried to not pay our client who worked in an office overtime by claiming she was an exempt administrative employee and sales person. 

    Approach

    We threatened to bring a class action lawsuit against the company because they misclassified all the workers in the same position, and we were able to negotiate a premium settlement for our client. 

    Result

    We secured our client $50,000 and she landed a new job the next week. She was able to buy a new car for commuting and put money into her retirement savings account.

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    “El-Hag helped me recover $100,000 in unpaid overtime because the time spent traveling was not paid”

    How can I sue my employer for sexual harassment?

    There are 3 ways that you can file a sexual harassment and hostile work environment lawsuit against your employer in New York. You need to decide what avenue you are going to take and give it careful thought because generally once you choose one option, you cannot change your mind and pursue another option. This is known as “election of remedies”. If you were sexually physically assaulted or touched such conduct by the individual directed toward you could also be criminal in nature.

    The 3 main ways to bring the lawsuit are:

    1) File a lawsuit directly in New York State Supreme Court. You can file a lawsuit against your employer under the New York State Human Rights Law. You have three years from the time the sexual harassment occurred.

    2) File a charge with the EEOC, NY Division of Human Rights (NYDHR) or another local agency. You can file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) (Federal), NYS Division of Human Rights (State), or local agency (E.g. Westchester County). When you file with the NYS Division of Human Rights, the Division will dual file your charge with the EEOC and the cases will be investigated at the same time. If the agencies find that your claim has merit they will issue a probable cause finding and you can then have an administrative hearing to decide your case.

    3) File a charge with the EEOC and NY Division of Human Rights, and then à file a lawsuit in Federal Court. If you file you charges with the EEOC and NYDHR, you can choose to file a lawsuit in Federal Court if you do not want to proceed with these agencies. Once you obtain a right to sue letter from the EEOC, you have a limited time to file a lawsuit in Federal Court to pursue your lawsuit.

    Contact El-Hag & Associates New York Labor Lawyers and Find Out What Your Rights Are

    Awareness is the first step to stopping sexual harassment or a hostile work environment. If any of the sexual harassment work violations apply to you, then you should call El-Hag & Associates, P.C today. The most important thing is to keep track of the sexual harassment and hostile work environment that you are or were subjected to at work. Do not rely on your employer or others to do that for you.

    In Westchester New York, many working men and women living in Yonkers, Mount Vernon, and New Rochelle are victims of sexual harassment. That is why El-Hag & Associates, P.C is a Westchester sexual harassment law firm, focusing on employment law in Westchester New York. If you find that you have been sexually harassed at work, contact El-Hag & Associates, P.C today and we can help you get the compensation that you deserve. Make sure you protect your rights and your livelihood.