Sexual Abuse & Harassment
Keating Law Firm represents people who have suffered sexual abuse, assault, and harassment anywhere in New Jersey.
Whether in your private life, the workplace, or a place of public accommodation, you have rights and you should retain the right attorney to serve as your advocate.
If you are interested in taking legal action against an abuser, assailant, harasser, or responsible third party, contact Keating Law Firm for a free consultation.
In the Workplace
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination protects employees from unlawful discrimination and harassment based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age. In some matters, the conduct at issue is so severe or pervasive that it creates a hostile work environment. In others, employees are terminated in retaliation for complaining of discrimination or harassment in the workplace, with retaliatory acts including wrongful termination, demotions, write-ups, and negative performance reviews.
If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, a hostile work environment, or unlawful retaliation based on your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age, contact Keating Law Firm for a free consultation.
In Places of Public Accommodation
The New Jersey Law Against Discrimination also protects members of the public from unlawful discrimination and harassment based on their sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and age, in places of public accommodations. The term “places of public accommodations” is broadly defined and includes government buildings, schools, restaurants and bars, retail stores, and most businesses that are open to the public.
In the event you are discriminated against or harassed by an employee or owner of a place of public accommodation, you may have a cause of action under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. Likewise, you are protected from retaliation for reporting or complaining about discrimination or sexual harassment in those places.
The facts of each case are unique. In certain matters, negligence claims may also be brought against an employer for negligent hiring, failing to train or supervise its employees, failing to prevent or detect unlawful conduct, or failure to address or remedy unlawful acts once they occur.
If you believe you have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation based on your sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or age, contact Keating Law Firm for a free consultation.
In Your Private Life
Survivors of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment have rights against their abusers. For a survivor seeking to take legal action against the perpetrator(s) of these heinous offenses, it is crucial that they choose an experienced attorney they trust. Attorney Christopher J. Keating, Esq. is experienced in representing survivors and victims of sexual assault, abuse, and harassment, and he understands the importance of a client-focused approach in pursuing justice in these matters.
For claims involving adult survivors, direct claims may be brought against the bad actor under multiple legal theories including (but not limited to) assault, battery, negligence, negligent infliction of emotional distress, and intentional infliction of emotion distress.
For acts of abuse committed against a minor (under the age of 18), additional claims may be brought, including a statutory claim for Sexual Abuse under N.J.S.A. § 2A:61B-1. That cause of action was strengthened by the New Jersey Legislature in 2019, and the statute allows a plaintiff who prevails in a civil action under that statute to be awarded:
Compensatory damages, which may include, but are not limited to, damages for pain and suffering, medical expenses, emotional trauma, diminished childhood, diminished enjoyment of life, and costs of counseling,
Statutory damages of $10,000, and
Reasonable attorney’s fees.
If you have suffered sexual abuse, assault, or harassment, contact Keating Law Firm for a free consultation.