Porn In The Workplace Is Grounds For Sexual Harassment

Every year thousands of employees download and view pornography in the workplace.  Pornography companies claim that as much as 60 million free porn sites are accessed from office buildings each day. According to a survey conducted by the Berman Group in 2014, as many as 63 percent of adult men and 36 percent of adult women have looked at pornography at least one time while at work in the past 3 months. In a 2003 study conducted by Business and Legal Reports, as many as two-thirds of human resources professionals have discovered pornography on employee computers.

Legal issues can arise from employees watching pornography in the workplace especially if other employees have voiced objections concerning the matter. Another employee may be prompted to file a sexual harassment lawsuit due to a hostile work environment if their initial concerns are not addressed.

A person who feels violated at work because of a fellow colleague’s porn habits may have cause to file a sexual harassment claim due to a hostile working environment. Pornography includes, but is not limited to, photos, magazines, social media, calendars and videos.

A person filing a sexual harassment lawsuit based on a hostile work environment must show that they suffered some negative consequence as a result of the harassment, such as the inability to perform effectively in the workplace. Some examples of sexual harassment cases in the workplace include a colleague viewing a pornographic video in plain sight, a superior forcing another to watch porn, a colleague posting pornographic photos in their office and a co-worker or superior E-mailing pornographic photos.

An individual should contact a New York employment law attorney for help on how to proceed with a sexual harassment claim in the workplace in the most effective way. Both men and women are victims of sexual harassment in the workplace on a daily basis, due to the lewd and offensive conduct of others.

Be sure to let the attorney know what the pornographic images involved, if you told the offender to stop, if you reported the offensive behavior to HR or a superior, how long the conduct took place, the last time it took place, and the effect it had on your personal or professional life.

If you have concerns regarding employment law issues, contact the experienced New York employment law attorney who can ensure that your rights are protected. Call Steven Mitchell Sack at (917) 371-8000 or email him at sms@StevenSack.com.

1 comment to Porn In The Workplace Is Grounds For Sexual Harassment

  • Thanks for pointing out that someone filing a sexual harassment lawsuit based on a hostile work environment must show that they suffered some negative consequence as a result of it. I imagine that there are many details required to win any harassment suit that the average person may not fully understand. Hiring an attorney would be a surefire way to guarantee that they won’t forget anything critical to their claim.

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