New Jersey employees may be interested in some information on sexual harassment and what makes an employer liable. Depending on the perpetrator of the harassment and the corrective actions of the employer, the answer may vary.
According to the U.S. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, sexual harassment at work is defined as uninvited conduct that is sexual in nature or sexual advances that make an employee's work environment hostile or offensive to that employee. The conduct could also intimidate the employee or make performing work-related tasks difficult. Employees are protected against sexual harassment by both federal and state laws. When a company is staffed by less than 15 employees, they are exempt from the federal statute, but state law will still apply.