Sexual Harassment & Gender Discrimination
Under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJ LAD), and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRC), sexual harassment is illegal in the workplace. Sexual Harassment is a specific type of discrimination that is based on an employee's gender or sexual orientation. Examples of sexual harassment include:
Conditioning advancement, wage increases, special treatment, or favorable work assignments on the receipt of sexual favors and sexual propositions
Unwanted or unwelcome advances and sexual innuendo
Sexually explicit language and jokes
Sexually explicit text messages
Workplace pornography or sexually explicit material on computer screens, posted on walls, emailed or otherwise passed around the workplace
Subjecting individuals to increased criticism or scrutiny, because of their gender or gender identity
Compensating an individual less than other individuals because of their gender or gender identity
The person committing sexually harassing acts could be a co-worker, a supervisor, a manager, or even a customer. Sexual harassment is not limited to males sexually harassing females; it can be sexual harassment of a female by another female, sexual harassment of a male by another male, or sexual harassment of a male by a female. Sexual harassment can also occur based on an individual's gender identity and sexual orientation. We represent members of the gay, lesbian, transgender and bisexual (GLBT) community, in addition to those individuals who identify as being "straight" who have been subject to sexual harassment at work. We take the steps necessary to put a stop to the sexual harassment and to obtain compensation for the victim.
Quid Pro Quo and Hostile Work Environment
Sexual harassment can be broken down into two larger categories: quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment.
Quid pro quo involves requests for sexual favors in exchange for special treatment. A superior may offer a promotion or a raise in exchange for sex. Similarly, a superior may threaten to demote, downgrade or discipline an employee if sexual favors are not performed. There is no question that this behavior is illegal. We make certain that managers and supervisors who conduct themselves in this way are held accountable for the harm they do.
A hostile work environment is created by sexually explicit language and jokes in the workplace, among other behaviors. These actions do not have to be directed against any specific employee for them to be harmful and illegal. Our experienced lawyer can help.
Discuss Your Case With a Philadelphia Workplace Harassment Attorney
If your employer has discriminated against you on the basis of your sex or gender identity, do not hesitate to contact us. We will fiercely and effectively fight for you. The Law Firm of Jacobson & Rooks LLC is on the employee's side. To learn more about us and our success against employers who have violated our clients' rights, contact us by phone at 215-259-5723 or via email.