Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. The New York State Human Rights Law, New York City Human Rights Law and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, protect employees in New York State against sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a common form of discrimination that affects both men and women. Sexual harassment in the workplace includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors in exchange for improved terms of employment, sexual assault, and offensive comments related to an individual’s gender.
Federal law provides protection from sexual harassment for those who work for employers with 15 or more employees, federal and state governments, labor unions and employment agencies. An employer can be liable for sexual harassment that is directed at an employee a co-worker, a supervisor, and even a client or customer.
Every employee in the State of New York is entitled to a working environment free from sexual harassment. The provisions of the New York State Human Rights Law generally apply to employers with four or more employees, however, with regard specifically to sexual harassment, the Human Rights Law was amended in 2015 to apply to all employers, regardless of the number of employees.
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