Sexual harassment is defined under New Jersey law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Some types of sexual harassment that are most commonly committed by an employer include exchanging favoritism for sexual favors, the creation of a hostile work environment of a sexual nature, and sexual advances.
How does New Jersey Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Montvale employers can be required to implement company policies that specifically address sexual harassment in the workplace. These must be posted in a visible area such as a break room. These policies may include contact information for an employee to report sexual harassment, the procedure for handling such claims, and the corrective measures for when a claim is proven.
Additionally, federal and New Jersey laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Montvale to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Furthermore, under these laws, employers may not fire or retaliate against any employee who has alleged sexual harassment in a claim.
How can a New Jersey attorney help?
A claim for sexual harassment may be difficult to investigate and show without the proper expertise in the relevant areas of law. Federal investigators are often very overworked. Because of this, working with a Montvale attorney might be the best way to make sure that your claim is processed in a timely manner.