Category Archives: Sexual Harassment

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Governor Murphy Announces Legislation to Revamp New Jersey Workplace Harassment Laws

In February, Governor Murphy unveiled legislation to overhaul the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD). The bill was the result of a two-year review of the state’s discrimination laws by the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights (DCR). “It’s time for New Jersey to reject the norms of yesterday that overlooked workplace harassment and discrimination […]

  • Posted on: Mar 19 2020
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Harvey Weinstein Gets 23 Years For Sexual Assault and Rape

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein has been sentenced to 23 years in prison for raping a woman and sexually assaulting another. During the trial, Weinstein’s lawyers attempted to argue that the sexual encounters were consensual. The jury didn’t buy it, however, finding that Weinstein abused his power and committed rape.  “Weinstein verdict and sentencing confirm […]

  • Posted on: Mar 11 2020
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The Spotted Pig Closes, But Sexual Harassment in the Restaurant Industry Persists

The infamous Spotted Pig restaurant closed its doors in late January, following the recent settlement of sexual harassment claims by owner Kenneth Friedman. Under terms of the settlement with the New York State Attorney General, Friedman agreed to step down from operating the gastropub and pay an aggregate of $240,000 to 11 former employees.  The […]

  • Posted on: Mar 4 2020
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How Precedential Court Ruling in Breest v. Haggis Impacts Employers

Victims of sexual assault and workplace sexual harassment in New York City have a new means of financial recovery as a result of a precedential appellate court ruling in December 2019. In Breest v. Haggis, the First Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court held that plaintiffs can use the Victims of Gender-Motivated Violence Protection […]

  • Posted on: Feb 24 2020
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Lipsky Lowe LLP discusses how to prevent sexual harassment at office holiday parties.

Preventing Harassment at Office Holiday Parties

With the holiday season upon us, many companies will be hosting year-end parties, happy hours, and other events for their staff. While such activities typically happen after hours, it is crucial to remember that employees are still on the clock at seasonal gatherings, and the rules of conduct regarding discrimination and harassment during the workday […]

  • Posted on: Nov 1 2019
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Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses the steps for filing a sexual harassment claim at work.

How to File a Sexual Harassment Complaint at Work

Recent amendments to the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL) allow workers in the state to pursue legal action over sexual harassment without filing a workplace complaint beforehand. At the same time, filing a sexual harassment complaint at work could serve to support any future claims you make against your employer.  Nonetheless, it is […]

  • Posted on: Sep 23 2019
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Lipsky Lowe, LLP discusses the NY District Court's recent ruling to arbitrate sexual harassment claims.

New York District Court Rules Agreements to Arbitrate Sexual Harassment Claims Enforceable

In April 2018, lawmakers in New York enacted a measure that, among other things, barred the use of arbitration agreements in sexual discrimination and harassment claims. Now, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York has ruled that an agreement to arbitrate sexual harassment claims is enforceable.  The Backdrop The SDNY ruling […]

  • Posted on: Jul 13 2019
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Number of EEOC Lawsuits Decline While Settlements Increase in 2019

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has filed fewer lawsuits at the midpoint of its fiscal year, compared to the same period in FY 2018. At the same time, the settlements obtained thus far have increased by a substantial amount. This comes despite the fact that the EEOC has not had a full panel of […]

  • Posted on: May 26 2019
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Does the behavior have to be repetitive to be considered sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment does not have to be repetitive to be considered unlawful. It could be one egregious act or a series of small incidents when combined is enough to totally change the conditions of your employment. In short, you have to look at whether or not, one incident or the totality of incidents, are enough […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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What type of damages can be recovered for a sexual harassment lawsuit?

It is going to depend on where you file and what claims you allege. So it is important that you reach out and talk to an employment lawyer here at Lipsky Lowe before you make that decision. But generally speaking, damages in this area are going to be categorized as things like back pay and […]

  • Posted on: May 8 2019
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