Sexual Harassment is governed by state and federal labor laws. Asta and Associates is experienced in handling Sexual Harassment lawsuits in New York and New Jersey. No person should have to endure unwanted sexual overtures – or worse.

We represent those discriminated against at their workplace. When a question arises regarding discrimination it is important to know what laws apply.

Federal laws and State Laws in New York provide protection to those discriminated against in the workplace because of race, ethnic background, color, religion, age, pregnancy and disability.

The Law Against Discrimination in New Jersey prohibits discrimination based on race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, sex or atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait or any individual, or because of the liability for service in the Armed Forces of the United States or the nationality of any individual.

In addition, the Civil Rights Law of the City of New York prohibits discrimination based on race, color, creed, age, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability or marital status.


Unwelcome sexual advances, verbal and physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile work environment, requests for sexual favors, and demands for sexual favors in return for employment or advancement are all examples of Sexual Harassment. Sexual harassment involves claims of hostile work environment or “quid pro quo” sexual harassment. Retaliation by an employer for reporting sexual harassment is illegal. This type of behavior is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

he victim of sexual harassment can be a man or woman. The victim does not have to be of the opposite sex. The harassment can come from a supervisor, a supervisor from another area of the company, a coworker or even a non-employee or agent of the company.

In a claim for hostile work environment, the victim does not need to be directly harassed. She/he feels the work environment is intimidating, hostile, or offensive because of sexual comments, “jokes”, or unwelcome physical or verbal conduct of a sexual nature which interferes with the individual’s work performance or employment.

The victim of sexual harassment should advise the harasser of the unwelcome conduct and/or a supervisor. Many companies have procedures in place for the reporting sexual harassment. The reporting procedure can often be found in the employee handbook or by asking human resources. The victim should use any reporting or grievance procedure of the company to report sexual harassment. This is also a good time to consult an attorney.


You cannot be fired because you get pregnant. Title VII forbids discrimination because of pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions. Terminating a woman’s employment because she becomes pregnant is prohibited, and you may be entitled to claim your rights in litigation.