The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD) strongly prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace. Sexual harassment includes unwelcomed sexual advances, requests for sexual relations, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
There are generally two types of sexual harassment. The first is “quid pro quo” harassment when an employer or supervisor makes sexual demands a condition of employment. Thus, an employee may perceive that he or she must tolerate and give into the sexual advances in order to continue employment, to advance in employment, or to avoid negative or adverse employment consequences, such as poor evaluations. Additionally, an employer may not condition favorable treatment, such as promotions, increased compensation, or better work assignments in exchange for sexual advances.
The second type of sexual harassment is a “hostile work environment” where an employee is subjected to sexual, abusive or offensive conduct because of his or her gender. Such conduct includes physical touching, or sexually explicit comments, invasive questions about one’s sex life, or sexual jokes that a reasonable person would object to or find intolerable. We often meet with clients who are the victims of “sexting” i.e. unwelcomed sexually suggestive photographs or text messages.
We strongly recommend that you immediately report and document all such sexual harassment. If you are experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, please immediately call us at 609-348-1300 for a free consultation or email one of our employment lawyers.