A female employee in Hamilton Township has filed a discrimination lawsuit against her employer, alleging she suffered sexual harassment. According to a recent article in The Times, the woman states that she was subjected to racial slurs as well as jokes about her sexual orientation. The woman said she found nooses hanging in her work area and was physically groped by a female co-worker. The woman accused of groping her was suspended. However, in the lawsuit, the woman alleges that the sexual harassment and mistreatment occurred over the years and involved several supervisors and co-workers.
Sexual and other types of harassment in a workplace should never be tolerated. Harassment in the workplace can be verbal, and may involve off-color or offensive jokes about the person’s gender, race, or sexual orientation. Nonverbal harassment can involve someone forwarding obscene materials via email, making insulting comments, or making obscene motions or noises. Physical harassment includes undesired touching, rubbing, pinching, grabbing, groping, or assault.
Victims of sexual harassment in New Jersey can be men or women, and the harassers may be of the same or opposite sex. It is the employer’s responsibility to keep their employees safe and maintain a safe, harassment-free workplace. If you believe that your employer has been ineffective in protecting you from any type of harassment, you would be well-advised to seek the counsel of an experienced lawyer.