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Recent Developments in New York Regarding Sexual Harassment

A New York court ruled that a charity were liable for an executive officer's acts of sexual harassment.

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Key point. Employers can be liable for any employee's acts of "quid pro quo" sexual harassment, and for acts of supervisory employees constituting "hostile work environment" sexual harassment.

A New York court ruled that a charity were liable for an executive officer's acts of sexual harassment. A male executive director of a public charity engaged in repeated acts of sexual harassment against female employees. The director was the charity's highest ranking employee. The harassment included inappropriate and demeaning communications, unwelcome sexual overtures, unwanted physical contact, and threats to fire the women (or make their jobs more unpleasant) if they did not submit to his advances. The director repeatedly begged each woman to be his "girlfriend" or "mistress," and to marry him or sleep with him. He frequently demanded that the women attend nonwork—related lunches with ...

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  • January 1, 1998

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