Tag Archives: Sexual Harassment

Pentagon: 20,300 Service Members were Sexually Assaulted or Harassed in 2014

The Pentagon recently reported that there were an estimated 20,300 instances of unwelcome sexual conduct among 1.3 million active service members in 2014. Among these instances, 65% occurred on a military base or ship; 54% of the time, the assailant outranked the victim. Men can be Victims of Sexual Harassment too A common misconception is… Read more »

NJ Police Officers sue for Sexual Harassment

Twin Police Officers link to Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Suit New Jersey – Twin police officers, Angel and Luis Santiago, were named in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in Cumberland County on behalf of five female officers who alleged they were subjected to “a plethora of sexual harassment” on the basis of gender. The sexual… Read more »

New York City Makes Caregivers a Protected Class

On January 5, 2016, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed into law legislation prohibiting employment discrimination based on an individual’s actual or perceived status as a caregiver. A “caregiver” is defined as “a person who provides direct and ongoing care for a minor child or care recipient.” A “care recipient” is a person… Read more »

FACEBOOK HIT BY LAWSUIT ALLEGING GENDER AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, SEXUAL HARASSMENT

A former Facebook employee has filed a discrimination, sexual harassment, and retaliation lawsuit against the tech giant. The employee, Chia Hong, claims that she was subjected to three years of unlawful discrimination while she worked at the company. Hong was belittled for being a woman, and was directed to organize parties and to serve drinks… Read more »

FORMER HSBC EMPLOYEE CLAIMS THAT BANK RETALIATED AGAINST HIM

A former HSBC senior vice president has filed a lawsuit claiming that the global bank retaliated against him for complaining about sexual harassment aimed at a fellow employee. According to the lawsuit, the employee reported an incident where a supervisor attempted to force a fellow employee to sleep with a senior banker. Afterwards, the bank… Read more »

NYPD COP RECEIVES $110,000 IN SEXUAL HARASSMENT CASE

The city will pay an NYPD cop $110,000 as part of a settlement in a sexual harassment case. The police officer, Jazmia Inserillo, claimed that she was sexually harassed by her lieutenant, who massaged her shoulders, made lewd comments, and questioned her inappropriately about her personal life. According to the lawsuit, the lieutenant invited Inserillo… Read more »

IS IT ILLEGAL FOR CUSTOMERS TO SEXUALLY HARASS EMPLOYEES?

A common misconception is that employment law only protects employees from sexual harassment when the harasser is somebody who works in the same company. However, the law also protects employees from sexual harassment when the perpetrator is a customer. A case last year indicates how the law deals with sexual harassment on the job when… Read more »

CAN A VOLUNTEER BRING A SEXUAL HARASSMENT CLAIM AGAINST HIS OR HER EMPLOYER?

While most people think sexual harassment requires a supervisor making sexual advancements against a subordinate that is not the only form. Sexual harassment also entails lewd comments or behavior by supervisors and coworkers. In 2014, both Mayor Bill de Baliso and Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that expanded the New York City Human Rights Law… Read more »

YOUR WORK ENVIRONMENT SHOULD BE FREE OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT

Employers have the responsibility to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, many neglect to do so. This is a mistake from a moral, legal, and financial standpoint, as they implicate themselves in cases of sexual harassment. Employers are held legally responsible not only for their response towards allegations of sexual harassment but also vicariously… Read more »

JURY AWARDS $499,000 IN A SEXUAL HARASSMENT AND RETALIATION CASE AGAINST A PHYSICIAN OUTSOURCING GROUP

Recently, a jury released a verdict awarding $499,000 to three employees who were negatively impacted by sexual harassment and retaliation at EmCare, a company that provides physician services. The company’s former Executive Assistant claimed that the division CEO and several other managers constantly subjected her to inappropriate and derogatory sexual comments. Although she reported the… Read more »

WHAT YOU CAN DO ABOUT UNWANTED SEXUAL ADVANCES IN YOUR WORKPLACE

A powerful democrat, Vito Lopez, resigned from his position as a Brooklyn Assemblyman after an ethics panel reported on his sexual harassment of female members of his staff. The harassment took the form of groping and other unwanted advances of a sexual nature. A fine of more than $300,000 was imposed by the panel. Unwelcome… Read more »

GROOMING CODES AND SEX STEREOTYPING

There is an inherent tension in the acceptance of grooming codes as legal and permissible and the view that sexual stereotypes are impermissible discrimination. The courts do not apply the sexual stereotype analysis to grooming codes and appearance policies mainly because of the protection of the employers’ right to run their business the way they… Read more »

THE FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT (“FLSA”) AND NYLL

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and NYLL requires employers to pay overtime to all employees that work more than 40 hours in a 7 day work week, unless the employee is exempt from the overtime requirement. Employers often consider employees that have the title of a supervisor or manager to be exempt. Often, the… Read more »