New York, NY– A woman who once worked as a staffer for New York City Councilman Andy King warned the city that she would be filing a $1.25 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the city.

The New York Daily News reports that the woman, who has not been identified, says she was abruptly fired from her post with the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus last year.

According to the New York Post, the woman at the center of the suit alleges that after she rebuffed Councilman King’s advances she was relieved from her post with the caucus, which he actually chairs. In her complaint, the well-liked staffer said she was fired after complaining about King’s advances.

She also alleged in her suit, according to the Post, that King harassed other female staff members.

Sexual harassment may be forbidden by federal law, but that doesn’t stop people from subjecting their coworkers to this inappropriate behavior. It happens regularly in workplaces and would seem like common affair in New York politics considering some the sexual harassment cases coming out the state in recent years.

Last fall, New York Assemblyman Micah Kellner was sanctioned after the ethics committee found he sexually harassed members of his staff and imposed several sanctions on him. The accusations against Kellner arose as he was preparing to run for a second term in the state Assembly so he decided not to seek reelection.

Before Kellner, back in 2013 Assemblyman Vito Lopez went through a long investigation and sanctions after several young female staffers accused him of groping them and acting inappropriately. At one point Lopez was forbidden from hiring any you female staff, but he was eventually removed from the Assembly.

Last year, the former Mayor of San Diego, Bob Filner, was accused of sexually harassing close to 18 women during his time at City Hall.

Sadly, these are just a few examples from New York, an internet search will yield numerous stories of politicians behaving badly. Most experts agree that sexual harassment is about power, and we all know that politicians aren’t afraid to use their power for good or bad.

If you are being sexually harassed by a powerful boss or person with a higher position, you should know that you don’t have to tolerate the behavior. Many people are afraid of reporting sexual harassment because they think they will be retaliated against and punished for coming forward. Unfortunately, that is the experience of many sexual harassment victims, but they have a legal course of action they can pursue in the face of harassment or retaliation.

A person’s position won’t matter if you have a New York sexual harassment attorney on your side, working to protect your rights. When you turn to one of the workplace discrimination lawyers at USAttorneys, you can hold your employer accountable for taking action on your complaints and seek compensation for your emotional distress.