It is unfortunate that workplace sexual harassment still occurs in New York and around the country. In addition to sexual harassment, sexual assaults in the workplace are also a shockingly prevalent problem.
In the 2015 fiscal year, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination. Retaliation claims were the top concern raised in fiscal 2015, and charges of retaliation increased almost 5 percent from 2014 to 44.5 percent of all claims. In addition, disability charges were up 6 percent in 2015, and it was the third-leading charge during that year with 30.2 percent of all claims. The 2015 fiscal year began on Oct. 1, 2014, and it ended on Sept. 30, 2015.
New Yorkers who believe their industries or chosen professions are free of unwelcome sexual situations may be interested to learn that the modern workplace isn't as advanced as many think. Although people tend to associate fields like construction and other traditionally male-oriented industries with the worst behavior, experts report that sexual misconduct is also a persistent problem in other professions.
Gay and lesbian employees in New York and throughout the United States may already be protected against discrimination by Title VII of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. An employee of the Federal Aviation Administration filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the summer of 2015 saying that he had faced a hostile environment and did not receive promotions because he was gay. The EEOC ruled that this type of discrimination was illegal based on Title VII, and the man was given 90 days to file a lawsuit.
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.