What You Should Know About the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC” Act

The media cycle of the past year has been flooded with hundreds of stories of sexual harassment committed by those in positions of power. People are becoming less afraid of sharing their experiences with sexual harassment, which has sparked the #MeToo movement which seeks to unveil the sexual harassment and assault that too often has been concealed. Many of the stories of sexual harassment that have come into the spotlight have been those that have allegedly occurred between employers and employees such as those allegedly involving Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.

The #MeToo movement helped society understand the true volume of sexual harassment and abuse that goes on that most people are unaware of. In an effort to reduce the prevalence of sexual harassment—and eventually stop it completely—the New York City council has adopted the “Stop Sexual Harassment in NYC Act” which will offer a plethora of new protections to those who may have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. This act consolidated a series of bills offering many different protections with varying effective dates as noted below:

  • By July 8, 2018, city contractors will be required to report their policies and protocol for handling and preventing cases of sexual harassment.
  • As of September 6, 2018, employers must display, in plain and obvious sight, a poster created by the city that defines sexual harassment, outlines anti-sexual harassment rights and responsibilities, and how to report instances of sexual harassment. They will also be required to provide new employees with an information sheet regarding sexual harassment.
  • Effective April 1, 2019, businesses with 15 or more employees must hold an annual anti-sexual harassment training course for employees of all levels and ranks. Any employee that works at least 80 hours each year would be required to complete this training within 90 days of the date he or she was hired.

Another major element that the legislation includes is that it enhances the protections of New York City’s existing human rights law. It will now allow employees up to three years from the day of the incident to report the sexual harassment to authorities.

If you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is crucial that you speak with an experienced New York sexual harassment lawyer. Steven Mitchell Sack, the employee’s lawyer, has handled many sexual harassment and discrimination cases and may be able to help you report your incident and achieve justice. For more information or to schedule a consultation, call (917) 371-8000 or fill out our contact form.

Sexual Harassment Claims Continue to Accumulate Against the World’s Most Powerful

Recently, there have been multiple accusations of sexual misconduct against some of the world’s most powerful and famous people, including Harvey Weinstein, Louis C.K., and Matt Lauer. These accusations demonstrate instances of sexual misconduct in the workplace where a person of authority uses his or her position to make unwanted sexual advances or sexual requests in exchange for something. Any form of direct or indirect unwelcomed or inappropriate conduct results in a hostile work environment. Some examples of the most common types of sexual misconduct that result in a hostile work environment include:
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Sexual Harassment Doesn’t Only Happen Between Males And Females

New York City has statutes protecting employees from sexual harassment and other offensive conduct in the workplace. Sexual harassment includes sexual remarks, images, jokes, or any other conduct by a co-worker or superior that creates a hostile or intolerable work environment. Most sexual harassment claims are made between female employees regarding the actions of male coworkers or supervisors. However, sexual harassment claims are not limited to acts committed by men against women. In a recent case, according to the New York City Commission on Human Rights, a female chief executive officer (CEO) made inappropriate sexual remarks towards female employees. Continue reading “Sexual Harassment Doesn’t Only Happen Between Males And Females”

5 Steps to Follow If You Have Been a Victim of Sexual Harassment in Your Workplace

Sexual harassment often makes victims feel helpless and alone. Victims will begin to feel powerless, especially if the act happens at their place of employment. There have been many times when a victim of sexual harassment has spoken to another employee and confided in them, and then the other employee tells them there is nothing they can do, and they should just ignore it. No matter where sexual harassment takes place, it is not to be ignored and you should never be silenced. Continue reading “5 Steps to Follow If You Have Been a Victim of Sexual Harassment in Your Workplace”

Sexual Harassment At The Plaza

The famous Plaza Hotel, located in New York City, has had a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against it by some of its female employees.  The Plaza Hotel is an icon for its famous political figures and entertainers.  While many are shocked by the allegations, sexual harassment in the hotel industry is fairly common.  According to a recent report, 8 in 10 hotel workers have experienced being harassed on the job.

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Fox News Host Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Television Executive

Fox News Channel host Gretchen Carlson recently filed a sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuit against the network’s chairman and CEO, Roger Ailes, after she refused his alleged sexual advances towards her. On July 6, Ms. Carlson filed a complaint against Mr. Ailes with the Superior Court of New Jersey in Bergen County, stating that, after she refused Mr. Ailes’ sexual advances towards her and complained about his behavior, he unlawfully retaliated against her. Ms. Carlson was terminated from her position as the host of the network’s afternoon program The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson on June 23. Prior to this role, Ms. Carlson was the co-host of Fox and Friends until 2013.

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Five Effective Ways to Reduce Lawsuits Resulting from Incidents Occurring at Holiday Parties

Holiday parties are great for fellow employees to enjoy each other’s company outside a workplace environment. However, for some workers, the chance to “be themselves” in such a social setting means acting or talking inappropriately in front of others, drinking excessively or making unwanted sexual advances.

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