What Are Forms of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?

Employment Attorneys Serving Northern and Central New Jersey

In New Jersey, workplace sexual harassment is a type of illegal harassment. Illegal discrimination and retaliation must be for a prohibited reason (gender, race, sexual orientation, age, etc). Sexual harassment is harassment based on your gender.

A young woman at work flicks away the hand of a male coworker placing his hand on her shoulderYou may be wondering if what you are experiencing at work qualifies as sexual harassment. There are a lot of different ways it shows up in the workplace, and, as an employee, it can be difficult to know what separates illegal harassment from non-actionable behavior. We encourage you to call our attorneys, who will discuss your situation with you and help you determine what to do next.

In general terms, common workplace sexual harassment includes:

  • Requests for sexual favors in exchange for raises, promotions, and other benefits
  • Denigrating or derogatory comments, jokes, or questions about a person’s sexuality or gender
  • Ostracizing someone because of their sex, sexual orientation, or gender
  • Unwanted physical touching 
  • Displaying or sending images, cartoons, drawings, etc., of a discriminatory nature

A person is sexually harassing you when the harassment is based on your gender as a woman, man, transgender person, non-binary person, or other identification within the gender spectrum. While the harassment may be of a sexual manner, sometimes it does not have to do with sex but is still because of your gender.

There are two types of sexual harassment in New Jersey:

Quid pro quo sexual harassment. This harassment involves promises of a job benefit (like a raise or promotion) in exchange for sexual favors.

Hostile work environment: A hostile work environment is created when you are subjected to pervasive, severe sexual harassment based on your gender.

While a case of quid pro quo harassment could be obvious, a hostile work environment is not always as obvious as unlawful sexual harassment. Our experienced employment attorneys will let you know if you have a claim.

Learn More About Workplace Sexual Harassment in New Jersey

If you have any questions whatsoever about sexual harassment cases in our state, please call the experienced employee rights advocates at Green Savits LLC, at 973-695-7777. We provide clear and honest information about the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (LAD), Federal harassment laws, and how these regulations may affect the situation you find yourself in.