Guest Blog on Can a Corporation be Held Liable for Sexual Assault in the Workplace?

By Lesley Brovner & Mark Peters
April 14, 2023

An employer may, under certain circumstances, be liable for sexual assault in the workplace.  In addition to being a crime, sexual assault in the workplace can also be a form of employment discrimination that violates federal, State and local law in New York.  It may also implicate an obligation on employers to provide a safe workplace.

As to claims for employment discrimination, employers are required to take steps to prevent sexual harassment and assault and, if sexual harassment or assault is reported, to take immediate action to address the situation.  Moreover, an employee who reports sexual harassment or assault is legally protected against retaliation from her, his or their employer.

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