Albany, NY asked in Employment Discrimination for New York

Q: Is there a limit on how long I have to report harassment at work?

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V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
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  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Report ASAP.

The longer you wait more likely it appears not unwelcome.

If employer HR or management fails to act,

Contact employment lawyer.

180 days to file complaint with NYS DHR.

300 days to file charge with EEOC.

Remember that less than 7% of charges result in cause finding in NYC. There are 5000 new charges a year. Only 300 to 400 with cause. Lawyer up early to up those odds. Good luck.

Michael Diederich Jr.
Michael Diederich Jr.
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  • Employment Law Lawyer
  • Stony Point, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: "Harassment" is a broad term, and whether you have a requirement to report it depends upon many things. If the harassment is against you (or someone you wish to protect from harassment), and the harassment is motivated by your race, national origin, gender, religion or other personal characteristic protected by a specific federal statute, then reporting the harassment would be a protected activity and any retaliation for doing so illegal. If the harassment is severe, or if you otherwise feel the need to report it, I strongly suggest you first contact an experienced employment lawyer for advice on how to proceed.

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