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Q: What should I do if a Lyft driver sexually harasses me while I'm in his car?

What can I do beyond reporting him to the company?

Emre Polat Esq. answered on May 18, 2018

Call an attorney and police.

Q: An employee in NY state had been using a personal "trail camera" to record other personnel on company property.

The surveillance equipment was owned and installed by an hourly employee on company property and hidden out of sight with no declaration of it's presence or intention. The camera had been in use for months to secretly record any and all persons, with no consent, making use of a well trafficked... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Apr 20, 2018

Maybe? Are you part of management or do you own the company or the building?

A well trafficked area could be a restroom and that would certainly not be legal. We all have expectations of privacy there.

Analysis. Assuming you do not work for the government, did surveillance cause...
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Q: If i work in a office building and employees from another company sexually harassed me, can i sue them for it?

Would it be considered business if i managed the loading dock,packages, fire safety,calling to confirm appointments, for the companys of the building while at the front desk?

V. Jonas Urba answered on Apr 17, 2018

Does your employer do business with the other company? If yes have you reported the conduct to your employer?

Sexual harassment claims involve workplaces and employers but you may have an action against an individual for a possible tort or it might be criminal or you might be entitled to an...
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Q: I was in a long-distance relationship with a guy from Florida who threatened to leak my nudes

He started to threaten me when we broke up, it happened multiple times, and after each time he said he deleted my pictures.

I don't know if he still has them or not, what can I do if I find out he leaked them?

Michael Diederich Jr. answered on Apr 5, 2018

My recommendation: hire a Florida attorney to discuss the issue, and write your former boyfriend a letter. If he is trying to obtain something from you under threat of releasing the photos, the local district attorney may also be interested and perhaps able to help.

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Q: My boss asks me to stay late most nights, and he just talks to me for hours about non-work related things.

Because he's my boss, I feel like I can't say no, and even though he hasn't directly hit on me it feels slightly romantic. What can I do to report this without him retaliating against me?

Emre Polat Esq. answered on Mar 30, 2018

A consultation may be worthwhile to discuss the issues here.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for New York on

Q: Is it illegal to plant a tape recorder in a office with a closed with to listen to what employees talk about in private

pertaining to new york state laws ?

Derek John Soltis answered on Mar 8, 2018

New York is a 1 party consent state. Which means one person in the conversion has to give permission to be recorded. What you are suggesting is not going to fly.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Sexual Harassment for New York on

Q: What are the statue of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor? What can I do if the statue has passed?

I was sexually assaulted by a friend's dad 8 years ago and this year found out he sexually abused another of her friends. He did get into legal trouble for touching a minor at work but it is not know that he assaulted other children as well. I was 15 at the time and this friend was pf a similar... Read more »

Andrew S. Tabashneck answered on Feb 6, 2018

I am very sorry to hear about this and very much admire your courage in discussing this matter.

For sexual offenses, the statute of limitations is five years after the last incident and begins to run when you turned 18 years of age. There are also possible exceptions where the statute of...
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Q: what are the best steps to take if you are being accused of sexual harrasment but are inoccent?

A friend of mine is going through alot right no, her life just isnt in the right track. Need help so she can move in the right direction,to suceed and move on from this event in her life she wants to go to college nd be able to continuebher life

V. Jonas Urba answered on Jan 31, 2018

Speak with an employment lawyer first. It is impossible to comment on your question with no facts. It could take hours to obtain them depending on how open the potential client is about sharing. No lawyer can help anyone unless they open up about all relevant history and facts.

One fact can...
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Q: How bad does workplace sexual harassment have to get before I have a legal claim I can file against a coworker or my

employer?

Emre Polat Esq. answered on Jan 22, 2018

Sexual harassment can be in all forms from comments to touching to assaulting. If you believe you have been subject to sexual harassment, contact for a consultation.

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Q: I've been being sexually harassed by a coworker but my workplace won't do anything about it. My boss says sexual

harassment laws don't apply since they employ fewer than 15 people. Do I have no recourse?

V. Jonas Urba answered on Dec 11, 2017

Call us. Your boss is wrong.

New York State Law applies to 1 employee for sex or gender claims as of last year.

Also prevailing party gets their attorneys fees paid by the loser under state law. Make the call. Retain legal counsel.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for New York on

Q: I need a lawyer to represent me for unemployment,and sexual harassment and workplace violence.

I have been complaining to several people at Tops Markets about the work place harassment and the abuse.I was then fired for a excuse to get me out.they agreed in writing to uncontested unemployment then they sent in a damming claim letter.

V. Jonas Urba answered on Nov 15, 2017

You need to call some employment lawyers. Initial phone consultations are often no charge. We need specific facts from you. Was the harassment illegal? (i.e. based on race, religion, sex, etc...)

Employers can not decide whether any employee receives unemployment benefits. Only the...
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Q: Are a sexual abuser's mental health records subject to discovery in New York?

Someone sexually abused me when I was younger. I know he got treatment for his sexual issues after he abused me at a mental health facility. I have sued him and demanded his records in discovery, but he is claiming that he never got treatment. I know the name of the facility where he got... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Nov 13, 2017

1) Notice the abuser's deposition duces tecum.

Direct them to bring any and all of their mental health records to the deposition (assuming they have such records which they may not have). Ask the abuser to "identify every physician, psychiatrist, or mental health facility the abuser has...
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Q: Could I get sued for writing a blog post about sexual harassment I experienced at work if I name the person who harassed

me?

V. Jonas Urba answered on Nov 2, 2017

Truth is a defense to defamation or slander but why would you post something like that?

Most good employment lawyers google their potential clients to see what they have posted on line. No one should post anything negative on line ever. If they do so that simply reflects on their character...
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Q: I have been sexually harassed by a man who is in another country.(croatia) (for a year) He threatens me with killing me

And every people i know . He found my adress ans bought tickets before i move to another country (usa) .(i was lving in another country but i am an usa citizen). He sends inappropriate of himself . Even though i closed my all social media accounts ans blocked him from everywhere he found my sister... Read more »

Lee A. Koch answered on Oct 18, 2017

The police will make a report, and you may be able to get an order or protection. Unfortunately, if the man lives in Croatia, the order won't have any effect on him unless he steps foot inside the jurisdiction. You could have a civil case, and try to force him to appear here.

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Q: I was on a sales call at one of our customers and was the victim of an unwanted advance from the guy

- do I have any recourse here?

V. Jonas Urba answered on Sep 29, 2017

Report it to HR or your boss. They have a duty to act. If it continues call one of us.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for New York on

Q: Do I have a case

Was working yesterday when I went to use the bathroom. In my store you have two bathrooms one for men and one for women. I knocked on the women's bathroom and on one answered. I walked into the restroom and my district manager john was in the women's bathroom using it. ( the men's bathroom was not... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Sep 11, 2017

Report him to human resources? Ask them for suggestions?

If you belong to a union file a working conditions grievance?

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Education Law, Federal Crimes and Sexual Harassment for New York on

Q: A friend of mine has accused a fellow student whom she was dating of sexual assault at her school.

There was a hearing scheduled this week. However, the person who assaulted my friend has now responded by accusing my friend of sexual assault in turn. I have not told anyone this, but I was also assaulted by the same person who assaulted my friend and has now acused my friend. Should I go to the... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 24, 2017

You should discuss this with a civil rights lawyer. Your question deals with harassment on school property and many facts that you should not post here should be analyzed such as public versus private school, what the school knew or should have known and details of the assault.

These are...
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Q: Am I able to sue my employer if I'm a nanny for sexual harassment

- I read somewhere there had to be four or more employees.

V. Jonas Urba answered on Aug 18, 2017

Not as of 2015. 1 is enough. Please refer to:

https://dhr.ny.gov/sites/default/files/pdf/guidance-sexual-harassment-employers.pdf

Be very careful. Many employers are clever. It almost always benefits an employee to retain legal counsel. Smart, skilled employment lawyers do not start...
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Q: We all had to go to a seminar about sexual harassment at work

- does that mean I now can't bring a complaint to HR b/c they've covered themselves?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 18, 2017

No, it does not mean that. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Sexual Harassment and Criminal Law for New York on

Q: So this pedophile sexually harassed my son via internet and traumatized him

this pervert/pedophile harassed my son to make him do sexual things with him and traumatized my son since he did so. I got him terminated from said website but I was later informed that what he did was an offense and I could press charges. I didn't want to press charges at first but I was later... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq. answered on Jul 18, 2017

You can report this to the police in your county and his county and to the FBI. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,... Read more »

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