Lately, the news media has been dominated by stories of sexual misconduct. Most often, the victims in these situations are women who are victimized by men who are in a position of power over the victim. However, the most recent swath of allegations made by women against their abusers has prompted some men who have been victimized to come forward with their claims.
It should go without saying, but New York sexual harassment laws protect both genders equally. That is to say that legally speaking, both men and women are capable of being victims of sexual harassment, and both men and women are capable of being perpetrators of harassment or abuse. Of course, sexual harassment can occur between members of the same gender as well.
Actor Discloses Sexual Misconduct 30 Years Later
Earlier this month, one actor came forward with a story of abuse that he endured when he was just 14 years old. According to a news report, the young actor was starring in a Broadway musical at the time, and it was normal for the teen to mingle with older actors after the show. One such actor, a then-26-year-old, took an interest in the young actor and invited him over for a party. The young actor arrived and quickly noticed he was the youngest one there. He settled in and watched television until midnight, when he realized everyone else had left. That is when the host attempted to seduce him. He was able to leave the apartment, but he has carried the experience with him since.
In the report, the actor details the anguish the sexual misconduct caused him and discusses the thoughts that went through his head over the years, as the perpetrator of the abuse went on to enjoy a successful career in Hollywood and internationally. It was not until recently that he discussed the instance of abuse publicly.
Sexual Harassment and Abuse in New York
New York lawmakers take sexual harassment and sexual abuse seriously. Indeed, the New York state government has released guidelines for those who believe that they may have been a victim of sexual harassment. These guidelines detail the various types of New York sexual harassment, including quid pro quo, hostile work environment, and retaliation claims. Anyone who has been subjected to sexual harassment while at the workplace does not need to take the abuse and can stand up for their rights by contacting a dedicated New York employment discrimination attorney.
Have You Been a Victim of Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination, and it is against the law in New York. If you have been a victim of sexual harassment, the attorneys at Phillips & Associates can help you stand up for your rights. We represent clients in all types of New York sexual harassment cases. Call 212-248-7431 to schedule a free consultation with an attorney today.
More Blog Posts:
The Casting Couch Is Not Consensual: How a Coerced Sexual Relationship Constitutes Sexual Harassment Under New York Law, New York Employment Attorney Blog, October 30, 2017
In New York City, Sexual Harassment Isn’t Just in the Movies, or the Movie Business, New York Employment Attorney Blog, October 27, 2017
When the Sexual Harasser Is Also the Boss in New York, New York Employment Attorney Blog, October 24, 2017