- If you have been affected by sexual harassment and would like more information, check out the official site for sexual harassment claims in NYC: New York City Commission On Human Rights. The number to call to file a complaint is (212) 306-7450.
From their website:
Sexual harassment is a form of gender-based discrimination. Unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitutes unlawful sexual harassment when:
- Granting sexual favors is used as the basis for employment decisions or as a requirement to keep your job
- Such conduct unreasonably interferes with job performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment
The harasser and the target can be a man or a woman. Harassment can be verbal, physical or pictorial and can include: sexual comments, jokes, innuendo, pressure for dates, sexual touching, sexual gestures, and sexual graffiti. The complainant does not have to be the person at whom the offensive conduct is directed, but can be anyone affected by the conduct.
If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment, you should clearly communicate to the harasser that the conduct is unwelcome. You should also immediately inform a manager or the equal employment officer.
You have the right to a safe workplace. Here are more action steps to consider if you are feeling threatened on the job:
- Contact the Equal Rights Advocates, a nonprofit legal organization dedicated to protecting and expanding economic and educational access and opportunities for women and girls. If you have questions about your legal rights, you can obtain free, discrete, and individualized advice via their Advice and Counseling Hotline
- Inform the Better Business Bureau, which handles disputes between businesses and their customers
- Contact the Department of Labor for unemployment services, wage disputes, and discrimination claims
To connect with workplace justice activists in the restaurant industry, and to learn more about your rights as a restaurant worker, check out the Restaurant Opportunities Center.