Workplace harassment and financial injuries of sexual abuse

Men and women know that even though the New York and federal governments have passed legislation banning workplace sexual harassment, it continues to be a problem for many New Yorkers. The Huffington Post reports that there are certain societal pressures that have encouraged many men in business, sports and politics to sexually harass a coworker or subordinate. What many people in New York may not realize, however, is that the financial injuries of sexual abuse are just as devastating as the emotional and physical ones.

When a New Yorker is sexually abused by a coworker or a boss, he or she can file a sexual abuse lawsuit. While people may assume that criminal punishment is enough, many victims of workplace or other sexual abuse suffer financial and other injuries that are not addressed by a criminal conviction. It is important, however, to choose a sexual abuse lawyer that has considerable experience in this complex and sensitive field.

Imagine going to work knowing that you would be subjected to inappropriate and unwanted touching, groping or intercourse. Would you look forward to work or would you call in sick when the thought of forced sexual contact overwhelmed you? For the men and women who are the victims of sexual abuse, that is exactly what happens: they call in sick or quit their jobs, thinking that is the only way to avoid harassment.

Surveys have shown that one in five women have been sexually abused in the office, a staggering number for a society that has outlawed the practice. With New York's men and women continuing to face abuse and harassment at work, it is important that there remain civil sexual abuse lawsuits that can help cover the financial injuries of sexual abuse.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The 'Nature' of Sexual Harassment," Julie Berebitsky, April 17, 2012

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