Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it illegal for an employer to hire or fire anyone based on their color, religion, gender or ethnicity. It also makes it illegal for those who complain of sexual harassment or who take part in a sexual harassment case to experience any form of retaliation from their employer. These rules apply to any company that has more than 15 employees whether it is a private company or government organization.
Businesswomen in New York may know what it feels like to work in an environment where they are outnumbered by men. Many professions today are still heavily dominated by men, including the technology industry. There is some concern that women may be experiencing higher instances of sexual harassment and hostility in the workplace. One recent case to show up in the news involves a former executive of a dating website who is suing her ex-employer for harassment and discrimination, which the former executive says forced her out of the workplace.
Harassment of any kind in an individual’s place of employment can hinder the employee’s trust and confidence in an employer. Employees want to feel safe and respected in their work environment or they will dread waking up and going to work.
Interns can gain important experience for their future careers. These positions can be invaluable for many reasons, ranging from the learning experience to a source for networking. But, Interns enter the workplace with a somewhat different status, according to some commentators. The courts may also, at times, treat interns differently.
We have chronicled a variety of stories involving egregious conduct in workplaces in New York and other areas of the country that involve the sexual harassment of a worker. State and federal laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. The laws also allow a victim of harassment to seek to hold a company accountable if the business knows of a hostile work environment and fails to properly investigate and take appropriate action to eliminate the behavior.
A 23-year-old woman says that she was subjected to a hostile work environment a t a New York Starbucks location and is seeking justice in civil court. The woman landed a job at a Union Square Starbucks last August. She says that it did not even take a full week for a supervisor to begin to unprofessionally pursue her.
A recent court ruling in New York could impact future sexual harassment cases involving unpaid interns. A federal district court judge in New York ruled that unpaid interns are not considered "real employees" and do not have the right to file sexual harassment lawsuits against their employers.
Most people in New York may be aware that federal and state laws prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. But, fewer may be aware that employers who learn of the sexual harassment of a third-party that impacts a worker on the job have a duty to prevent a continuation of the unlawful conduct. A person should not have to endure egregious harassing conduct of a customer or other invitee of the business.
An upstate New York restaurant has agreed to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought on behalf of seven women who say that they were subjected to harassment in the workplace for roughly seven years. The restaurant was sold in September 2012, and the new owners were added to the case after purchasing the establishment.