Sexual Harassment: An Overview

Many sexual harassment claims are based on the theory that a workplace has become a hostile environment. A hostile environment is one in which the sexual conduct and attentions have become so persistent and pervasive that the average person would think of the environment as hostile or abusive. A hostile environment may be created by employees (or even non-employees) whose conversation is inappropriate and offensive, or who display sexually explicit pictures. Employers have a legal obligation to make sure that the workplace does not turn into a hostile environment. If your workplace is intolerable, contact an attorney to discuss a possible hostile environment claim.

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If you have been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you may be afraid you will be fired or suffer other repercussions. Since our law office was established in 1972 to serve clients in the Detroit area, our Michigan employment law attorneys have gained extensive experience in trials and appeals of employment related disputes. We fight to protect the rights, jobs, and dignity of employees who have been sexually harassed at work or discriminated against because of their sex. At the Schwartz Law Firm, our sexual harassment lawyers have experience litigating unfair labor practices and other complex cases related to sex discrimination and harassment.

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Sexual Harassment - An Overview

Sexual harassment is not a joke. While to some it may seem like harmless comments or horseplay, it deprives others of dignity and equality. Victims of sexual harassment have well-established rights under federal law and, in many cases, under state law as well. A knowledgeable employment law attorney from Schwartz Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan, can advise you on protecting your rights.

Sexual harassment is discrimination

Sexual harassment is a form of gender-based discrimination. Sexual harassment may consist of sexual requests from a superior, tied to the quality of the employee's job or benefits, or it can be the inappropriate behavior of one or more co-workers. It is forbidden by federal civil rights law and by numerous state anti-discrimination laws. These laws give you specific rights and remedies if you experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

Sexual harassment is not just illegal; it is harmful. The most common injuries suffered by victims of sexual harassment are emotional. Victims of sexual harassment often feel powerless, developing low self-esteem. In some cases, they believe that they are to blame for the harassment or for letting it go on as long as it did.

Sexual harassment can cause a serious financial burden as well. An employee may be denied a raise or passed over for a promotion because he or she refused a superior's sexual demands. The employee may even give up a job rather than continue to work in a hostile environment.

Victims' rights

Sexual harassment is about power at least as much as it is about sex. Your harasser may have told you that you are powerless to stop the harassment. Your harasser is wrong: there is much that you can do to stop harassment. The law gives you the power and the tools you need to fight back against harassment. File a complaint with your employer about sexual harassment. If your complaint does not bring results, file a claim with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or your state's human rights or civil rights agency. Seek a lawyer's help. You may have the right to receive compensation for your injuries, whether they are financial, emotional or both.

You also have the right to be free from retaliation by your employer. Federal law protects employees who make complaints about sexual harassment (or about other illegal conduct or discrimination) from retaliation by their employers.

Speak to an employment law attorney

You do not have to tolerate sexual harassment. You have the right to be treated with respect and dignity. You should settle for nothing less, especially at your workplace. If you are the victim of sexual harassment, there are many things you can do to stand up for your rights. An experienced employment law attorney from Schwartz Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan, can help you take the action you need to take.

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