New York City Sexual Harassment and Employment Discrimination Lawyers

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What is Sexual Harassment in the Workplace? What constitutes a Hostile Work Environment?  What constitutes Discrimination at Work? These are three of the questions most asked by individuals in the workforce today. 

Unfortunately,sexual harassment, hostile work environment and discrimination run rampant in all forms of businesses across New York. Although most employees don't understand the terms or know the law, everyone knows when they have been treated unfairly or have been mistreated. 

To state it in a simple manner, it is:

            unlawful for an employer or business owner to refuse to offer you a job

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor to refuse to promote you

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor to refuse to pay you the same wage as other workers

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor to refuse to pay you the commissions you earned

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor to pay you less than the minimum wage

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor not to pay you overtime when you work more than 40   hours a week

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor to fire you or force you to quit

            unlawful for your employer or supervisor to treat you differently and unfairly compared to your   coworkers 

because of your race, religion, nationality, color, creed, age, disability, sex or sexual orientation.

If you feel that you have been the victim of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment or have otherwise been discriminated against because of your sex, race, national origin, religion, color, creed, actual or perceived sexual orientation, your age or a disability from which you may suffer, the Akin Law Group is here to help you protect your rights. No one has the right to deny you and your family the fruits of your hard work.

 If you have been the subject of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment or have otherwise been discriminated against because of who you are, you may be entitled to:

  • Lost earnings (back pay)
  • Future lost earnings (front pay)
  • The minimum wage or overtime pay
  • Compensation for emotional distress
  • Punitive damages
  • Liquidated damages (for wage claims)
  • Costs and interest
  • Attorney’s fees

sEXUAL hARASSMENT

Is one of the most rampant forms of discrimination in the workplace today. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, New York State Executive Law and the New York City Human Rights Law. Sexual harassment occurs in two different forms:

  • Direct Sexual Harassment is when your employer, supervisor, manager, boss or colleague touches you in an inappropriate manner (touching your breasts, buttocks, or other parts of your body or tries to kiss or fondle you) without your consent.

    Direct Sexual Harassment also includes your employer, boss, manager, supervisor, or colleague demanding that you perform certain sexual acts.  These acts can include going on dates, kissing, fondling or be much more invasive in the form of sodomy or intercourse. These demands are often made in a threatening and intimidating manner where you (the employee) may be threatened with longer hours, harsher working conditions, denial of promotion, denial of commissions, denial of pay raises or outright termination, that they would fire you if you refuse or report the sexual demands to anyone in the Company. 

  • Indirect sexual harassment (also known as a hostile work environment)  is when your your employer, boss, manager, supervisor, or colleague creates an intolerable (hostile) work environment by exposing you to pornography, sexually explicit pictures or movies, curses or calls you sexually explicit words, speaks about sexual exploration or fantasies, constantly talks about sex, makes sexual jokes, calls you other names (such as bitch, bimbo, etc.) or offends you in physical manner by touching you, rubbing against you, staying very close to you, trying to look through your clothes or offensively stares at you or talks about you in a flattering or unflattering manner with a sexual innuendo in and around your workplace.

    Indirect sexual harassment also includes a boss, manager or supervisor that is having a sexual relationship with coworkers whereby these coworkers are given preferential treatment. For example, a woman that is sexually involved (flirting or actually engaging in sexual acts) with a manager may be given better tasks, a higher salary, a higher bonus, a quicker promotion or other perks although you have more seniority and perform a better job. You cannot be expected to engage in similar conduct or do sexual favors for your supervisor or manager to be treated in a fair manner. 

Despite the abuse and the unfair treatment, many victims of sexual harassment and/or a hostile work environment including those that have faced discrimination on the job (regardless of whether it is based on sex, race, national origin, religion, color, creed, actual or perceived sexual orientation, age or disability), remain silent. These victims don't want to make a complaint because they fear retaliation in the form of a demotion, being ridiculed at work, being called a liar, being embarrassed or humiliated in front of their colleagues or because they simply fear that they will be fired. Many victims also feel that the law will not help them or that they cannot afford an attorney.  You are not alone. The attorneys at the Akin Law Group are here to help you. We are here to fight for you and for your family

The consultation is absolutely Free and with most clients we work on contingency — which means you do not have to pay anything unless we make a recovery for you.  So, if you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment, a hostile work environment or discrimination at work, call the Akin Law Group, PLLC today for a free consultation.

Although your employer has attorneys working for them, they are not above the law. You deserve to recover every penny that you are entitled to and we are here to make sure that happens; have Akin Law Group, the right attorneys work for you.

Regardless of the form it takes, sexual harassment and discrimination at work is illegal and you do not have to stand for it! The answer is the Akin Law Group. Call us at 866.685.5163 or contact the firm online for a free initial consultation and put the Akin Law Group on your side.

With most clients we work on contingency — which means you do not have to pay anything unless we make a recovery for you. So, if you feel you have been the victim of sexual harassment or discrimination at work, call the Akin Law Group, PLLC today for a free consultation. Your employer has attorneys working for them. You deserve to have the right attorneys working for you.

 

Akin Law Group, PLLC in New York City can be easily reached by car or public transportation

The Akin Law Group's office is conveniently located on Broadway in New York City's financial district (downtown Manhattan) and is easily accessible by car (FDR Drive or West Side Highway) or public transportation (1, 4, 5 and R Trains). Parking is available at a garage directly across the street on the west side of the building.