New York employees are protected by law against sexual harassment. Nobody should have their ability to earn a living impeded by the behavior of someone else in the workplace. There are some instances, however, in which individuals have lost their case due to the way they handled their situation.
The way an individual responds to an incident of sexual harassment can affect the outcome. For example, there was a recent case in which a male employee exposed himself to a female coworker. The female failed to report the incident in a timely manner to human resources. As a result, when the case later went to court, her suit was dismissed because the court felt that her inaction showed that she was not overly distressed by the incident.
The takeaway from this story is that people need to take incidence of sexual harassment seriously. This means that employees who are concerned about sexual harassment may want to take their concerns to human resources. These type of direct action may be necessary if the employee wants to preserve his or her right to seek compensation for what has happened. This is particularly true in situations where the employee has lost their employment or has felt it necessary to leave the workplace due to a hostile work environment.
Workplace sexual harassment can be especially pernicious and damaging to the victims. Most companies have written policies that outline the steps that should be taken by both an affected employee as well as company management. Those who feel that they have been the victim of unlawful conduct may want to meet as soon as possible with an employment law attorney in order to learn how to proceed.