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, Somerville 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.
The laws of the state of New Jersey and federal law have both appointed agencies with the authority to investigate sexual harassment claims. These agencies conduct investigations at a given Somerville work site in order to verify if a complaint that they have received is true or not. Employers are also prohibited under these laws from taking action in retaliation against an employee who has claimed sexual harassment, such as firing them or denying them a promotion.
How can a New Jersey attorney help?
Without expertise in the applicable laws, both investigating and showing a sexual harassment claim can be difficult. The federal officers who investigate claims of sexual harassment are, unfortunately, often too busy to give much attention to any one claim. Therefore, hiring a Somerville lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of New Jersey.