New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyers

Everything you need to know about workplace sexual harassment in New Jersey

Sexual harassment has become one of the most common issues employees face in the workplace. For years, victims of sexual harassment were silenced, dismissed, or denied justice.

But thanks to movements like #MeToo and attorneys like Zipin, Amster & Greenberg, employers are now being held accountable for their actions.

We’re here to provide the answers and resources you need if you have had to deal with workplace sexual harassment. Let us explain what laws and protections exist in New Jersey, how they work, and what you can do about it right now.

What is sexual harassment?

Workers deserve a place of employment where they feel safe, secure, and at peace. Sexual harassment, however, does the exact opposite by creating a tense, hostile atmosphere where a worker feels intimidated, objectified, and victimized. Examples of workplace sexual harassment include:

  • Unwelcome sexual advances or pressure to engage in sexual relations from a supervisor or coworker
  • Threatening a change in the terms or conditions of employment if an employee refuses sexual advances
  • Retaliation from complaints about sexual comments or propositioning
  • Non-sexual taunts because of a worker’s gender
  • Displaying explicit material in a public place or work area
  • Sexually suggestive behavior, jokes, comments, language, gestures, or staring
  • Unwelcome physical contact, including kissing, touching, slapping, or pinching
  • Intrusive questions regarding sexual activity

As mentioned, sexual harassment does not need to involve physical contact or be of a sexual nature. It can include comments made regarding one’s gender, including comments made from another person of the same gender.

Sexual harassment can occur anywhere and does not need to take place in the workplace to be actionable. It can even occur during the job application and interview process.

Why does workplace sexual harassment occur?

Some supervisors try to abuse their power by making their employees feel that they must submit to sexual advances or demands in order to keep their job or to avoid other negative consequences. This is known as a quid pro quo type of sexual harassment.

Other types of sexual harassment often take place via a hostile work environment, where an intimidating, offensive work atmosphere is allowed to exist at the workplace, thus interfering with an employee’s ability to care for their duties.

If you have been the victim of unwanted sexual advances or have endured a hostile work environment, contact our sexual harassment lawyers today.

Is workplace sexual harassment a crime in New Jersey?

No matter your age, sex, gender identity, or sexual preference, you are legally protected against sexual harassment in New Jersey. There are both state and federal laws that make sexual harassment illegal in any New Jersey workplace.

The sexual harassment lawyers at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg have dedicated themselves to using both New Jersey’s laws as well as federal employee protections in order to provide the best legal care for our clients.

We use such laws as the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) to help our clients receive the justice and compensation they deserve. This law clearly prohibits unlawful workplace treatment involving a worker’s sex, gender identity, familial status, or sexual orientation.

There are also federal laws, such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which prohibits any employer from permitting sexual harassment at work by anyone else, regardless of sex, gender, or sexual orientation.

Our comprehensive understanding of all the laws and protections available to workers is just one way we can help sexual harassment victims receive the maximum compensation possible.

What to do if you’ve been sexually harassed at a New Jersey workplace

Sexual harassment at the workplace can sometimes be stopped if the victim takes immediate action by telling the harasser to stop and that the behavior is unwelcome and offensive.

If this doesn’t bring the needed results, employees can report the offense to their supervisor, human resources representative, and senior manager. Investigate what your workplace sexual harassment policies are and identify what the complaint process is and how to use it. If you are a member of a union, see if there are resources that address what has taken place. The attorneys at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg can help you navigate this process even if you are still employed.

Remember, too, that there are both protections against sexual harassment as well as any retaliation from reporting sexual harassment or from filing a suit.

Be sure to document what took place, what you did, and how those at your place of work responded. If the situation becomes so unbearable that you feel you must quit, you may still be able to bring a sexual harassment or retaliation claim for “constructive discharge”.

An experienced sexual harassment attorney like those at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg can help you take the necessary legal steps to receive compensation after your workplace sexual harassment ordeal.

Can I sue in New Jersey for workplace sexual harassment?

Without question, sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal in the state of New Jersey, and victims of sexual harassment have the right to pursue a lawsuit as a judicial remedy.

This can be done via a complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (within 180 days of the offense), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (within 300 days), or directly in the New Jersey Superior Court (within two years).

The sexual harassment attorneys at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg can help you navigate the various deadlines your case must meet to ensure you are able to protect your rights.

Help from workplace sexual harassment lawyers in New Jersey

For nearly a decade, the sexual harassment lawyers at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg have helped countless victims receive justice and financial compensation. This has allowed our lawyers to hone their approach and assist clients with each step involved. Let us put our experience to work for you and help you get what you deserve.

New Jersey employment law attorneys that care

The attorneys at Zipin, Amster & Greenberg understand how victims of sexual harassment feel: the frustration, betrayal, and feelings of helplessness and humiliation may be overwhelming for you, and it’s what we want to help with. Let us provide the best legal representation possible while also giving you the care, attention, and support you need along the way.

Contact our New Jersey sexual harassment lawyers for help

You don’t have to be a victim anymore. Team up with us to get the legal help you deserve in order to maximize your compensation.

Our sexual harassment attorneys are ready to use our years of legal knowledge, understanding, and experience to help you collect every penny you deserve.

Fill out our contact form or call us at (551) 244-1257.

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