Every person is entitled to work in an environment free from workplace harassment, and to be protected from a hostile work environment. At the Fairfield, New Jersey law offices of William A. Feldman, LLC, we handle workplace harassment cases effectively for both employees and employers, i.e., whether you are a seriously wronged employee or an employer defending your company against such a claim you believe to be unjustified.
Harassment is unwanted and demeaning behavior directed against a co-worker - often a subordinate - often based on sex, gender, religion, national origin, race, or even handicap. Few people realize that even obesity or alcoholism or other physical or emotional conditions can be the basis for harassment in the form of cruel or insensitive comments provided they also are “pervasive or severe.” Harassment can involve forms of behavior other than cruel comments, such as unwanted sexual “invitations,” suggestions, or touching. “Quid pro quo” sexual harassment is when sexual “favors” are a condition of continued employment or advancement, and is always illegal. Each case must be based in its individual facts, and not every employee who feels harassed has a provable and winnable case. But we can help you understand your rights and your chances of success, and where possible make the legal system work to your advantage.
Protecting Both Employers and Employees in Workplace Harassment Claims:
We handle workplace harassment cases for both employers and employees. This experience has given us a unique insight and perspective into the successful handling of such cases whichever side we may be on in a particular case. What a supervisor may consider merely being “relaxed and informal” kidding may be felt by a subordinate to be unprofessional and demeaning. Sexual, racial, or ethnic jokes or names may either seem funny or painfully embarrassing depending on the situation and the sensitivity of the people involved. Individual cases, like yours, depend on how well your attorney understands the realities of the work place and the court room, and how well your witnesses and your attorney can support or rebut the claims based on all the circumstances and context, the frequency and seriousness of the offensive words or actions, and the controlling law.
At William A. Feldman, LLC, we will put our over 4 decades experience and reputation to work for you. We will protect your rights in court, at the negotiating table, and in administrative hearings, or consult with you to evaluate your situation and advise you. We will be at your side every step along the way protecting your rights and looking out for your best interests.
We also advise businesses and employers on how to handle these same situations, from anti-harassment policies to strong courtroom defense, so they can prevent or defeat claims of workplace harassment and hostile work environment claims.