What protection is there against retaliation? Could I lose my job if I report it?

By Douglas Lipsky

If your supervisor is sexually harassing you or you’ve seen a supervisor sexually harassing someone, you are legally protected by going to human resource or complaining to another manager about that sexual harassment. Under federal, New York and New York City law, an employer cannot retaliate against you for having complained about sexual harassment. Retaliation comes in all shapes and forms. The most obvious is firing you or they can reduce your schedule, change your wages. If any of that happens the employer is breaking the law.

About the Author
Douglas Lipsky is a co-founding partner of Lipsky Lowe LLP. He has extensive experience in all areas of employment law, including discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, retaliation, wrongful discharge, breach of contract, unpaid overtime, and unpaid tips. He also represents clients in complex wage and hour claims, including collective actions under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and class actions under the laws of many different states. If you have questions about this article, contact Douglas today.