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The New NY Anti-Sexual Harassment Law: What Employers Should Know

sex harassmentAdditional New York State anti-sexual harassment law protections came into existence in August 2019.

Under the new law, sexual harassment only has to rise above the level of “petty slights or trivial inconveniences,” which is a much lesser burden of proof. This change will make it much easier for victims to come forward and file a lawsuit against employers. By comparison, under the previous law, the plaintiff would have to prove that sexual harassment was “severe or pervasive.”

When Does the New Law Go into Effect? Read More

Who Does the New Law Affect and How? Read More

How Do the Changes Affect Employment Agreements? Read More

How Are All Individuals in the Workplace Protected?

The new law extends protection beyond private company or government employees and offers protection to the following people in the workplace:

  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Vendors
  • Consultants
  • Other individuals providing services pursuant to contract
  • An employee of such a contractor (contractor, subcontractor, vendor, consultant or other person providing services)

How Does the New Law Affect an Employer’s Liability and Responsibilities?

All employers will need to investigate complaints and take corrective action or face liability for the failure to do so.

The extent of the employer’s control over the harasser in cases involving non-employees is also a consideration when reviewing the case.

In addition, all state contractors when submitting bids for work most also submit certification that written policy addressing sexual harassment prevention in the workplace has been implemented. Contractors must also show that all employees receive annual sexual harassment training.

(References: New York State Bar Association articleNew York Post)

Stephen Hans & Associates assists employers in complying with employment laws and represents them in employment disputes.

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