According to US Politics, a New York “nightlife king” has been accused of sexual harassment. Four female employees of Mark Birnbaum, known for his reputation as a nightlife king of New York, are accusing him of quid pro quo sexual harassment. The female employees claim that Birnbaum, a co-owner of Tenjune and the Simyone Lounge, sexually assaulted them and masturbated in front of them.
In the lawsuit, the four women also claim that Birnbaum requested sexual favors from them and made inappropriate sexual comments, all which may be considered as different types of harassment in a work place. An employment attorney advises that if the owner repeatedly made unwelcome sexual advances, and created an uncomfortable working environment on the basis of his behavior, then such can be considered as an example of a hostile work environment and harassment.
The New York Post reports that all women started working for Birnbaum in 2009 and that he became aggressive towards them shortly after. The plaintiffs allege the owner violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits job discrimination based on sex, including sexual harassment, race, color, religion or national origin. The plaintiffs are seeking lost wages and punitive damages in New York State Supreme Court. An employment attorney can answer your questions if you believe you have been exposed to sexual harassment in the work place.