Burlington County Sexual Harassment Attorneys
It’s hard to believe that so many men have not gotten the message. Sexual harassment remains the primary type of workplace harassment and one of the leading causes of action against employers, period.
You do not have to tolerate workplace sexual harassment. You are not being “sensitive” or a “killjoy.” You are not making waves or blowing things out of proportion. You are not wrong for asserting your rights. If you have been subjected to sexual harassment at work, the legal team at Costello, Mains & Silverman, LLC, will help you stand up to your employer to demand justice.
Our Burlington County sexual harassment lawyers have successfully represented female and male employees of South Jersey and statewide New Jersey in lawsuits. We offer a confidential consultation to explore your legal remedies and how to document the unwelcome behavior.
Advocates For Sexual Harassment Victims In New Jersey
Hostile Work Environment · Quid Pro Quo · Constructive Discharge
Sexual harassment is any persistent conduct that is sexist, sexual, or sexually motivated and creates a hostile, intimidating or abusive work environment. The harasser can be an owner, executive, supervisor or co-worker, or even a customer or client. The harassment can be same-sex or female-to-male.
New Jersey harassment law recognizes two types of sexual harassment:
- Hostile work environment harassment occurs when a person in your chain of employment subjects you to pervasive and unwelcome sexual conduct that interferes with your ability to function and feel safe at work.
- Quid pro quo sexual harassment occurs when an employer sexually harasses you and conditions your continued employment on granting a requested sexual favor. This may also come under the term of employment discrimination.
What behavior constitutes sexual harassment?
- Groping or sexual assault
- Unwanted touching
- Demands for sex
- Repeated requests for dates
- Unwanted emails, phone calls or texts
- Stalking behavior (at work or away from work)
- Comments about your body
- Pornographic or sexually suggestive images
- Sexual jokes and innuendo
The bottom line is that you have a right to go to work without being subjected to sexual behavior that interferes with your rights or makes your job unbearable.
Reporting And Documenting Offensive Behaviors
You have a duty to report sexual harassment to your employer. Failure to register a formal complaint can nullify your claim or make it very hard to prevail because management can claim they had no knowledge and no opportunity to rectify the harassment.
We understand that victims may be fearful to report harassment because of adverse repercussions: Will you be believed? Will you be fired or reprimanded? Will the harasser retaliate? Will your co-workers support you or shun you?
The harasser is counting on you to stay silent, and will probably continue until you assert your rights. Our experienced and compassionate attorneys will help you take the steps to document sexual harassment, report it and pursue justice.
Contact Costello, Mains & Silverman, LLC for a confidential consultation with our Mount Laurel sexual harassment attorneys.