The law is clear that employers must prevent harassment in their workplace and stop it when it occurs.
New York, New York (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
Sexual harassment in the workplace can happen in any profession. Recently, Inside Higher Ed (3.29.13) reported on sexual harassment blemishing the field of philosophy. Allegedly, sexual harassment in philosophy departments is a problem, said New York civil rights violation lawyer David Perecman. On the positive side, leaders in the philosophy are taking the initiative to prevent harassment.
According to Inside Higher Ed, the American Philosophical Association (APA) is proactively taking action to address the harassment and work towards improving the climate for women in philosophy. While no major lawsuits regarding sexual harassment in college philosophy departments have been filed, complaints have been made.
“Other professions should do the same,” said Perecman. “It is each and every employer’s responsibility to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The law is clear that employers must prevent harassment in their workplace and stop it when it occurs.”
A number of members of an APA committee are researching how associations in other disciplines have handled sexual harassment, said Inside Higher Ed
In addition, the APA plans to visit approximately five institutions annually. The sites chosen will be ones where faculty members have reported poor work climates. Resulting reports will be shared with administrators, but not the public, reported Inside Higher Ed.
“Other employers have taken responsibility by having an anti-harassment policy and distributing it, as well as educating employees,” Perecman added.
In addition to educational institution codes and state laws regarding sexual harassment in the workplace, federal laws address it as well. Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits sexual harassment in the workplace.
Individuals who believe they have been victims of a New York civil rights violation, including sexual harassment or sex discrimination in the workplace can contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.
About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:
For the past 30 years, the New York civil rights violation, medical malpractice, construction accident, and auto accident lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of civil rights violation cases including harassment and discrimination in New York. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.
The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.
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**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout
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