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Ethena Sexual Harassment Training Course Primer
for New York

The city that never sleeps? More like the city that never sleeps on its responsibility to support the folks who work there, right? Here are the latest resources and updates for New York City employees who may experience or witness sexual harassment at work.

What’s the law?

New York’s Human Rights Law, codified at N.Y. Lab. Law § 201-g, prohibits sexual harassment. In New York City, the New York City Human Rights Law, prohibits sexual harassment.

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Did you know? Ethena launched in 2020 with Harassment Prevention training. Check out our course page for more information about bringing compliance training for today’s teams to your organization. 

What is Sexual Harassment?

Under New York State Human Rights Law, sexual harassment includes harassment on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and the status of being transgender. Sexual harassment is unlawful when it subjects an individual to inferior terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Sexual harassment can occur between any individuals, regardless of their sex or gender.

In addition to the state law, under New York City’s Human Rights Law, sexual harassment refers to a form of gender-based discrimination, and is unwelcome verbal or physical behavior based on a person’s gender.

In New York, sexual harassment refers to a wide variety of conduct, including unwelcome sexual conduct and takes one of two forms: quid pro quo or hostile work environment.

What is Hostile Work Environment or Quid Pro Quo harassment? Read more on our Sexual Harassment 101 Page.

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How to Report Sexual Harassment

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If you have witnessed or experienced sexual harassment, inform a manager, human resources, or the equal employment opportunity officer at your workplace as soon as possible. You can also report sexual harassment to the NYC Commission on Human Rights. Call 718–722–3131 or visit NYC.gov/HumanRights to learn how to file a complaint or report discrimination. 

Note: You can file a complaint anonymously!

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Reporting & Retaliation in New York City

It is a violation of the law for an employer to take action against you because you oppose or speak out against sexual harassment in the workplace. The NYC Human Rights Law prohibits employers from retaliating or discriminating “in any manner against any person” because that person opposed an unlawful discriminatory practice.

What does retaliation look like? It can be direct, such as demotions or terminations. It can also be more subtle, such as an increased workload or being transferred to a less desirable location.

Why Harassment Training is Needed

Harassment is pervasive. A 2018 Pew survey found that 59% of women and 27% of men reported experiencing sexual harassment. Of those that reported experiencing sexual harassment, 69% of women and 61% of men experienced it at work or both at work and outside of work.

These numbers have a very real implication. They mean you may have experienced harassment at work. And if you haven’t, it’s likely you have friends and colleagues who have. 

Being a victim of harassment profoundly impacts a person at work, including lower job satisfaction and a higher intention to leave the workplace, and can extend to physical and emotional health. 


Undeniably, being treated disrespectfully at work is bad for you and for your workplace.

59%
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69%
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27%
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61%
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