Some people don't have much of a sense of personal boundaries or decency, and unfortunately this distinguishing quality often contributes to hostile work environments. In other cases, coworkers are quite aware of their inappropriate language or gestures, and workplace discrimination and sexual harassment are all too intentional.
Sexual harassment knows no boundaries. It can happen to New Jersey workers in any environment -- including academia.
Everyone in New Jersey, and indeed throughout the U.S., is entitled to a workplace that is free of sexual comments, requests for sex or similarly inappropriate activity. Both state and federal laws give victims of sexual harassment the right to seek damages in civil court.
A New Jersey city has promised to strengthen its employee intimidation and sexual harassment police after it settled a lawsuit for $495,000. The lawsuit was filed after an employee alleged that her boss forced her to have sex under threat of losing her job and sexually harassed her.
Some areas of law are well established, while others are evolving at a rapid pace. One aspect of employment law is currently being developed in contradictory ways. Some states recognize unpaid interns as employees for the purposes of protections under the law. Other states treat unpaid interns as individuals who are not quite employees but are deserving of certain protections and rights under the law. Still other states fail to adequately protect interns simply because they are not technically hired professionals and do not get paid.