In the midst of the trending #MeToo movement, LegalZoom conducted a study on employers’ approaches to addressing harassment in the workplace. According to the study, fewer than half of employees believe their employer can handle issues which arise on the job. Only 27% of employees who had a problem with work raised their concerns with management. Another 12% of employees who had witnessed harassment in the workplace feared retaliation if they challenged it. Only 24% of employees polled had an avenue to anonymously submit a complaint or recommendation.
State and federal law protect employees from discriminatory actions by their employers, including firing, demoting, failing to hire or promote, threatening to fire, demote, or deny a job or promotion, or creating a hostile work environment. Those laws also prevent employers from retaliating against individuals who speak out against discrimination or take action to protect their rights.
If you’ve been sexually harassed at work or have witnessed sexual harassment, the lawyers at Leonard Sciolla can advise you of your rights and litigate your case if necessary. Our Employment Law Group has extensive experience with handling these matters under Federal, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey law. If you believe you’ve been discriminated against because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability, or because you spoke up at work about discrimination or harassment, contact us at (215) 567-1530. Or you can email attorneys Michael V. Tinari, Keith N. Leonard, Heidi A. Anderson, or Marisa B. Ciarrocki.
Published January 31, 2018