Sexual harassment is defined by New York law as unwelcome conduct that is of a sexual nature, which includes both verbal and physical actions. Employers are most frequently involved in the following forms of sexual harassment acts: demanding sexual favors in exchange for promotions, creating a sexually offensive work environment, and making sexual advances.
How does New York Law Prohibit Sexual Harassment?
First, Chappaqua employers may be required to create company policies concerning sexual conduct and post them for employees to see. The policies should at least include: contact information for the reporting of sexual harassment incidents, an outline of policies to be followed in filing a claim, and the remedies available when a claim successfully proven.
Furthermore, federal and New York laws create specific agencies which are responsible for handling sexual harassment cases. The agencies are given authority to investigate workplaces in Chappaqua to determine if the incidents alleged in the complaints they receive are true. Additionally, these laws prohibit employers from firing an employee for alleging sexual harassment or taking any action in retaliation to a claim.
How can a New York attorney help?
If you do not have any expertise in the applicable laws, it may be difficult to investigate and establish a claim involving sexual harassment. It's fairly common for federal officials who investigate these issues to be overworked. Thus, hiring a Chappaqua lawyer can be the surest way to file your sexual harassment claim within the deadlines specified by the state of New York.