We Represent Sexual Harassment Victims in Hackensack and Throughout North Jersey
At Zatuchni & Associates, our Hackensack, NJ sexual harassment attorney is a compassionate, justice-driven advocate for employees. Employers must be held accountable for allowing and failing to stop sex-based harassment in the workplace. If you or your family member was forced to endure sexual harassment, we are here to protect your rights. For a free, confidential consultation with a New Jersey sexual harassment attorney, please contact our Morristown law office today.
What to Know About Sexual Harassment Laws
Sexual harassment comes into two main forms: quid pro quo harassment and hostile work environment harassment. Either type of sexual harassment can serve as the basis of a legal claim by the victim. Employees may be protected against sex-based harassment under both state and federal labor regulations:
- Federal Law: Title VII of the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 bars workplace sexual harassment. It applies to all businesses and non-profit organizations with 15 or more employees.
- State Law: The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) also bars sexual harassment in the workplace. Notably, New Jersey’s sexual harassment laws apply to all employers operating within the state.
Examples of Sexual Harassment
One of the things that make workplace sexual harassment cases complicated is that sex-based harassment can take a wide range of different forms. If you were subject to unwelcome sexual advances or you were made to feel unsafe/unwelcome in the workplace due to sex, you have a valid sexual harassment claim. Some notable examples of workplace sexual harassment include:
- Offensive and off-color sexual jokes;
- Unwelcome and unprofessional sexual advances;
- Physical harassment, including inappropriate touching; and
- Pressure to give sexual favors, especially by a supervisor.
Sexual harassment can be committed by any person you encounter in the workplace. The perpetrator could be a business owner, a supervisor, a co-worker, or even a customer. Businesses and organizations in New Jersey have a proactive responsibility to protect their employees from sexual harassment. Among other things, this includes putting proper protocols in place and conducting a fair and comprehensive investigation of sexual harassment complaints.
You Have the Right to Report Sexual Harassment in New Jersey
Unfortunately, sexual harassment in the workplace is systematically underreported. You may be worried that your boss will punish you for filing a formal or informal complaint. In New Jersey, retaliation against an employee who reports sexual harassment is illegal. Your employer cannot take adverse action against you on the grounds that you filed a sexual harassment complaint. If you were punished for complaining about sexual harassment in Hackensack, contact our New Jersey retaliation lawyer for help.
Get Help From a Hackensack, NJ Sexual Harassment Attorney Today
At Zatuchni & Associates, our New Jersey employment lawyer has the skills and experience to handle all types of workplace sexual harassment cases. If you have any questions about workplace sexual harassment claims, we are here to help. Call us now for a free case review. We represent employees in Hackensack and throughout the surrounding region in Northern New Jersey.