New York State and New York City have new laws to battle sexual harassment in the workplace. If you are an employer doing business in New York State or in New York City, you need to be aware of your obligations under both state and city law and comply with their requirements to avoid fines and other potential liability. If you are an employee, you should be aware that your right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace has been expanded.
Sexual harassment in the workplace is prohibited by federal, state, and New York City laws. However, the laws differ in significant ways.
As sexual harassment at work has become a conspicuous subject in the news, employers and employees in workplaces across the country are seeking guidance with regard to sexual harassment complaints. This is a serious concern for everyone involved. It is important for employers to understand how to reduce their risk of a sexual harassment lawsuit, as well as for employees to understand their rights with regard to sex discrimination laws.