Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Need Employment Law Representation From an Experienced New Jersey Lawyer?

Over 30 Years Combined Experience

Enter description text here. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing. Quo incidunt ullamco.

Meet The Team

Enter description text here. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing. Quo incidunt ullamco.

New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyer

Protecting Against Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

New Jersey law requires an employer who learns of harassment to take “prompt and effective remedial action” to correct it. However, many employers fail to do so.  We have found this to be particularly so when the harasser is a high-level executive or otherwise seen as valuable to the employer.

The harasser may wield control over the harassed individual’s employment opportunities. This can create a huge power imbalance. Unfortunately, far too many victims of harassment fail to report harassment because they fear retaliation.

How Our New Jersey Sexual Harassment Lawyer Can Help

Data shows that approximately 3 out of 4 individuals subjected to harassment don’t report it. Attorney Patricia Barasch has worked with a wide range of victims of sexual harassment and can help you with your case.

Info Box

Speak with our New Jersey sexual harassment attorney today by filling out our online form or by calling us.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

The recent #MeToo movement has illuminated the dynamics of sexual harassment. We now know how prevalent it is in the workplace. Those in positions of power have abused their power and influence to sexually harass and assault both women and men.

Most of the recent news has focused on high-profile men in the media: the Harvey Weinstein’s, Bill O’Reilly’s, Bill Cosby’s, and Matt Lauer’s of the world. We must stress that their conduct represents only the “tip of the iceberg” with sexual harassment. Sexual harassment and sexual assault affect working women from all walks of life – from waitresses to saleswomen, to architects, and even lawyers.

What Is Considered Sexual Harassment?

So, what is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment includes any type of unwelcome verbal or physical conduct that would not have occurred but for the employee’s sex.  While often sexual harassment includes unwanted touching, sexual comments, or a manager’s asking for sex in return for offering a promotion, any conduct—even if not explicitly sexual—can constitute sexual harassment if it occurs because of an employee’s sex.

It is well-established that harassers will prey on those whom they suspect are the most vulnerable. They often single out those who are young, and especially those who may have previously experienced other difficult issues or trauma in their lives. Harassers will also seek out victims who lack a strong social or family network.

How to Report Sexual Harassment in New Jersey

The first thing to do in many cases when you feel you’re being sexually harassed is to ask the perpetrator to stop their behavior. As simple as it sounds, sometimes clearly expressing your concern with the harasser will be enough to deter their behavior. You may do this face-to-face or through a written message.

If confronting the harasser makes you uncomfortable for any reason, go straight to Human Resources or to some other supervisor or manager in the company. If you are uncertain about to whom you should report the harassment, it may be a good idea to consult with a New Jersey sexual harassment lawyer for advice.

Most companies should have a handbook, manual, or personnel policies that inform employees what to do in the case of workplace sexual harassment. If your company has such a handbook, you should follow the instructions on dealing with sexual harassment. Otherwise, you should go to your supervisor (or the supervisor’s boss if the supervisor is the harasser) or to the human resources department in order to report the harassment.

Info Box

Speak with our New Jersey sexual harassment lawyer today by filling out our online form

The Importance of Reporting Workplace Sexual Harassment

While this may be uncomfortable, it is a necessary step in formally filing a complaint. According to our courts here in New Jersey, the, failing to use an employer’s internal complaint procedure and alerting the company of the harassment could prevent you from prevailing in a lawsuit. While making these initial complaints, it is important that you document everything you are doing.

Having records of the times your company was made aware of the situation will help you in the case that they don’t work to resolve it.

Sexual Harassment Discrimination in the Workplace

It is illegal under New Jersey law for your employer to retaliate against you for filing a sexual harassment complaint. If you face threats or retaliation for coming forward about sexual harassment in the workplace, you should consult with an experienced employment attorney.

Info Box

If you believe your rights as an employee have been violated, and you want to retain a New Jersey employment lawyer with over 30 years of experience to represent you, request a consultation online today.

Contact The Sexual Harassment Team at Schall & Barasch LLC

No one should have to feel intimidated or unsafe in their own work environment. If you believe you’ve been subjected to sexual assault or harassment at work and would like advice, guidance, and strategy as to how to deal with it, we encourage you to set up a consultation with our firm.

Info Box

Please complete our online contact form or call us to connect with our skilled New Jersey sexual harassment lawyer about your case.

Tenacious & Strategic

Your Case Deserves a Resilient Voice

Schall & Barasch New Jersey Employment Lawyers

Very Professional & friendly.

“Their experience in labor law and their expertise makes Schall & Barasch the choice for any labor-related issues.”

- Surya N.

Dedicated to Protecting the Rights
of New Jersey Employees

Contact Us