By Jack Tuckner, Esq.
Breaking news in the world of sexual harassment in New York. Up until now, May 2018, the New York City Human Rights Law required four employees – that, if you’re being discriminated against on the basis of some protected status, you could not hold your employer accountable in court with threats of litigation unless your employer had at least four employees.
But now, under the new revised statute as of May 9, 2018, even if you’re the only employee, and you are being sexually harassed, being subjected to unwelcome sexual conduct, a sexually hostile work environment, you are in a position now to hold your employer accountable. All employers are covered even if again you’re not a standard W-2 employee but just an independent contractor or consultant or vendor, your employer is now covered by the New York City Human Rights Law.
So just remember that if you are being sexually harassed, and you’re still working, don’t quit your job and then seek legal counsel in order to get some justice. Seek counsel now in order to hold your employer accountable while you’re still working there. That’s far more powerful and far more effective in helping you obtain the results that you’re likely seeking and to teach your employer a lesson.