Sexual harassment in the workplace is inappropriate and unlawful. Regrettably, many employers do not take such matters seriously and do not take appropriate measures to prevent, investigate, and stop sexual harassment. Employees may also be subject to unlawful retaliation for reporting harassment claims. Employees who have been forced to endure sexual harassment or who have been subjected to retaliation should discuss their situation with one of our skilled attorneys to determine their legal options. Employers who need assistance in preventing, investigating, or defending sexual harassment claims should also contact McOmber & McOmber for a consultation.
Based in Red Bank, New Jersey, and Marlton, New Jersey, and representing employers and employees throughout New Jersey, our employment lawyers provide skilled legal counsel in sexual harassment and hostile work environment matters. Because our lawyers have experience assisting both employees and employers in a wide range of sexual harassment, hostile workplace environment, and other employment matters, we offer unique insight and perspective to our clients.
Protecting Employee Interests In Sexual Harassment Claims
Sexual harassment in the workplace is a form of gender discrimination. Sexual harassment includes a wide array of conduct and may occur between individuals of the same or opposite genders. Sexual harassment decreases workplace morale, diminishes the dignity of employees, and can cause significant damage to the personal well-being and career of a harassed employee. Sexual harassment victims may suffer economic damages, such as lost past and future wages, and may also suffer significant emotional damages such as anxiety, depression, humiliation, shock, sleeplessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Fearful of losing their jobs, many victims endure the abuse. For this reason, sexual harassment is significantly underreported.
Under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD) and other federal statutes, your employer has a responsibility to prevent, investigate, and properly address sexual harassment complaints. If you have been subjected to harassment, the individual harasser and your employer may be responsible to compensate you for economic damages and your pain and suffering
Sexual harassment can include a wide range of behaviors or mistreatment, including:
- Treating persons of a certain gender differently, such as paying them less or failing to promote them
- Making unwelcome innuendos, jokes or conversation that make a person of a certain gender or orientation feel uncomfortable
- Subjecting persons of a certain gender to increased scrutiny, criticism, and harassment, or otherwise making their workplace uncomfortable
- Sexual advances or propositions, including suggestions of trading advancement for sexual favors, commonly known as quid pro quo harassment
- Verbal or physical abuse
- Using sexist slurs or comments
- Terminating or disciplining an employee in retaliation for making a complaint
The success or failure of a sexual harassment claim can hinge on many factors. At McOmber & McOmber, P.C., we will thoroughly investigate the matter and provide you with a clear assessment of your claim. We will explore all legal options and recourse at your disposal. Our skilled employment attorneys in New Jersey work quickly and decisively to help stop workplace harassment and to seek fair compensation for harassment victims.
Representing Employers In Sexual Harassment Claims
Employers need to take sexual harassment seriously, have effective policies, and strictly enforce these policies. Ignoring problems, minimizing employee complaints, failing to perform thorough investigations, or failing to take proper remedial action can create substantial liability for supervisors and employers. Our attorneys provide guidance to minimize potential risk and exposure. Our firm can help employers create employee handbooks and policies, provide a clear understanding of employment laws, and help companies avoid future employment law claims.
Our firm is highly experienced at helping employers create and implement effective harassment and anti-discrimination policies. We also specialize in investigating employee complaints, helping to implement remedial plans and vigorously defending claims when necessary. Any employer or individual accused of harassment or allowing harassment to occur should contact McOmber & McOmber at the earliest opportunity for a free consultation.