Brooklyn, NY asked in Sexual Harassment for New York

Q: Where is the line drawn between sexual harassment and giving a compliment to a coworker in the office?

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Emre Polat Esq.
Emre Polat Esq.
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  • New York, NY
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A: It depends on various factors. Was the compliment sexually suggestive? Is it pervasive? Is it continuous?

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba
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  • Tarrytown, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: Compliment them on their work. That should exclude comments which might be "because of sex" even if stray remarks are usually not actionable.

General rules:

"Those are nice shoes or glasses" - probably ok.

"Those are nice legs or eyes" - not ok.

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