Gender Motivated Violence

Unfortunately, gender violence is a reality, which may at times occur in the workplace. A rarely used New York City law known as the Gender Motivated Violence Act makes it unlawful to commit an act of violence because of an individual’s gender. While individuals who commit these egregious acts of violence may be criminally prosecuted, the Gender Motivated Violence Act (“GMVA”) permits victims of these crimes to independently seek civil recovery for these unlawful acts  (in addition to potentially pursuing other civil claims such as sexual harassment, assault and battery).

The GMVA also enables individuals to potentially recover additional damages that may be available under other laws, including compensatory damages for emotional distress, punitive damages to punish the wrongdoer and payment for attorneys’ fees and expenses. Moreover, the GMVA provides a longer statute of limitations period than other laws that may be at issue. Few law firms have the experience of Wigdor LLP in this highly specialized area.

Wigdor LLP was one of the first firms to utilize the GMVA in connection with its representation of the hotel maid in the Dominique Strauss Kahn case. We have also utilized the GMVA in many other matters that have settled privately. If you think you may have been a victim of gender motivated violence – whether inside or outside the workplace – you should speak with an attorney who can advise you of your rights.