Sexual harassment in the workplace is inappropriate and unlawful. If you experience sexual harassment in the workplace, you may feel uncomfortable, lost, or even unsafe. However, you are not alone and there are laws that protect you.
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) protects New Jersey employees from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. This includes and covers sexual harassment from employers or coworkers. Under the NJLAD and other federal laws, your employer has a responsibility to prevent, investigate, and properly address any and all sexual harassment complaints.
How to Handle Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
If you have experienced or are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, it is important to take detailed notes of the harassment. These notes can help record sexual harassment activity. Your documentation should include:
- The nature of the sexual harassment
- Who was involved
- The location and time of harassment
- Any witnesses to the harassment
In addition to documentation, it is also important you ask the harasser to stop his/her actions immediately. Tell the harasser that the harassment is making you uncomfortable and his/her advances are unwelcome.
If the harassment continues, inform your manager or supervisor immediately. Additionally, you should consult your employee handbook for the proper procedure and information on formal complaints. Your employer has a responsibility to protect you from sexual harassment and discrimination. If you feel your employer has not done enough, you should consult a New Jersey sexual harassment attorney immediately.
Sexual Harassment Examples
Sexual harassment includes any unwelcome verbal, visual, or physical conduct in the workplace. Examples include:
- Actual or attempted rape or assault
- Unwelcome deliberate touching
- Pressure for sexual favors
- Unwelcome and inappropriate comments
- Unwanted sexual looks or gestures
We are Here for You
Sexual harassment is illegal and wrong. You should never have to put up with inappropriate or uncomfortable behaviors in the workplace. You should always feel safe where you work. If you have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, the New Jersey sexual harassment lawyers at McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C. can help you. Call our Red Bank office at 732-842-6500, our Marlton office at 856-985-9800, our Newark office at 973-878-9040, or contact us at 888-396-0736 or online for a free consultation.