How Can I Stop Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace remains far too prevalent today. If you have to endure such harassment while on the job, you must understand your right to legal recourse. Continue reading to discover what qualifies as a valid workplace harassment case and how an experienced New York sexual harassment lawyer at Bell Law Group can listen to your story and provide the best resources to fight for the justice you deserve.

What qualifies as sexual harassment in the workplace?

While every case of sexual harassment in the workplace is unique, it most often pertains to creating a hostile work environment or tying job actions to sexual favors. More specifically, the following are the most common examples:

  • Making sexually suggestive, offensive, or vulgar remarks or slurs.
  • Hanging sexually provocative written or graphic materials in workstations.
  • Making repeated unwanted advances.
  • Engaging in unwanted touching, pinching, leering, or other inappropriate activity.
  • Demoting, firing, or penalizing after refusing sexual advances or reporting harassment.
  • Offering a position, promotion, or other benefits in exchange for sexual favors.

With this, it must be made clear that you can be a victim of harassment even if you are not the target of the harassment, but have witnessed it. On the other hand, simply being hired, fired, promoted, or assigned to specific work duties cannot be solely tied to the granting of sexual favors.

What state and federal protections are in place to stop sexual harassment in the workplace?

If you got fired, fear that your future employment is at risk if you do not comply with sexual favors, or the continued harassment has affected your ability to do your job, then you may have a valid sexual harassment case on your hands. In your favor is your protection as an employee under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Additionally, it is illegal under New York State law to sexually harass an individual in the workplace. You should file a claim with New York’s Civil Rights Bureau or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Last but not least, it is important that you retain the services of a skilled New York employee rights lawyer who will have your best interest in mind when handling your case. We are prepared to fight for your rights as an employee in New York state.


If your employer has possibly committed wage and hour violations, you need to hire an attorney who understands all of the applicable state and federal employment laws. At Bell Law Group, PLLC, our attorneys are experienced in private employment claims. We offer a free strategy session and have offices in New York, Florida, and Washington, D.C. To schedule your consultation, call 855-566-2355 or contact us.

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