The Law Office of David H. Rosenberg, P.C. secured a favorable probable cause determination from the New York State Division of Human Rights (“NYSDHR”) on behalf of a female client who sued her employer, Multiculture Bevco Inc. d/b/a Zirkova Vodka, and her male supervisors Derek Anderson (producer and director known for “Terminator Salvation”, “In God We Trust”, and “Cook Off!”), Sirroan Smiley, and Gerry Schweitzer (“Respondents”), for unlawful discriminatory practices relating to employment because of sex and retaliation for opposing discriminatory practices.
The NYSDHR issued a probable cause determination in the Complainant’s favor finding, inter alia, probable exists to believe that Derek Anderson sexually harassed the Complainant. The Law Office of David H. Rosenberg, P.C. successfully argued that the Complainant was touched inappropriately, and peppered with inappropriate and sexually charged comments. To this point, Derek Anderson was accused of calling the Complainant “honey”, “babe”, “baby”, and on at least one occasion asked the Complainant for cocaine.
The Law Office of David H. Rosenberg, P.C., also successfully argued, over Respondents’ vigorous arguments to the contrary, that the Complainant was an employee and not an independent contractor.
After investigation, the NYSDHR determined that it had jurisdiction in this matter and that probable cause “exists to believe that the Respondents have engaged in or are engaging in the unlawful discriminatory practice complained of.”
Sexual harassment in the workplace is illegal and should be reported immediately. If you are experiencing sexual harassment at work, or a hostile work environment and your supervisor is not attempting to thwart the behavior or is the cause of the environment you may have a case against your employer.
The most common form of sexual harassment is quid pro quo. This means is that you were forced to accept or tolerate any form of sexual harassment in order to keep your job, get a raise, get a promotion, or other benefit. The other most common form of sexual harassment involves you suffering from a hostile work environment similar to the case we described above. Typically, these cases involve hostile or abusive behavior by another coworker or supervisor, unwanted touching, offensive comments, sexual remarks, or inappropriate language. The hostile work environment will often interfere with your ability to perform your job.
The harassment may be coming from a manager, co-worker, outside vendor, independent contractor, or even a customer. Regardless of who is causing the sexual harassment, it must be dealt with and stopped by your employer per New York State and Federal law.
Anyone who feels they have been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace should seek immediate legal assistance. Our team of top-rated New York sexual harassment lawyers are dedicated to helping and representing employees suffering from sexual harassment in the workplace.
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