In New Jersey, as in many other jurisdictions, sexual harassment is considered a form of sex discrimination and is prohibited by state and federal laws, in-cluding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination (NJLAD).
To bring a successful sexual harassment lawsuit in New Jersey, the plaintiff generally needs to demonstrate that:
1. They were subjected to unwelcome sexual conduct, advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
2. The conduct was severe or pervasive enough to create a hostile or abu-sive work environment, or it resulted in tangible employment actions such as demotion, termination, or denial of promotion.
3. The conduct was based on the plaintiff’s sex or gender.
4. The employer or other responsible party knew or should have known about the harassment and failed to take prompt and appropriate action to address and remedy the situation.
If successful, a plaintiff in a sexual harassment lawsuit may be entitled to various remedies, including monetary damages (such as compensation for lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages), injunctive relief (such as re-instatement or changes to workplace policies or procedures), and attorney’s fees and court costs.
If you have been the victim of sexual harrasment in the workplace call 609-472-1377 and get the help you need.
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