Coping with Sexual Harassment

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.

Farmington Hills, Michigan, Sexual Harassment Lawyer

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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Coping with Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment has serious emotional effects on its victims. It can also do damage to a victim's career. If you bring a sexual harassment case in court, getting through it and rebuilding your career afterward may seem almost as difficult as was dealing with the harassment itself. An attorney at Schwartz Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with experience in handling sexual harassment cases can offer suggestions and resources to help you deal with the effects of your case.

Your self-esteem

Many victims of sexual harassment suffer damage to their self-esteem. They often feel powerless and may even believe that they share some blame for the harassment. Some victims also feel stigmatized; that no one believes them; or that no one thinks what they endured is serious. You are not the only one, however, who has been a victim of this type of conduct. The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) receives thousands and thousands of new charges of sexual harassment each year. Around 15 percent of those complaints are filed by men. Importantly, this figure counts only those who complain to the EEOC; it does not count those who make their complaints only to a state agency or whose complaints never reach any legal forum.

Having the support of others who have gone through the same thing can go a long way toward healing your emotional injuries. A support group, whether it is one that you meet face-to-face or online, can provide you the assistance of others who understand your situation.

Rebuilding your career

Federal law prohibits employers from taking any retaliatory action against an employee who complains of sexual harassment or brings a sexual harassment case before a court or an administrative agency. Nevertheless, retaliation does sometimes occur. It may be difficult to prove a connection between the harassment complaint and the retaliatory action.

An employee who files a lawsuit for sexual harassment may not want to stay with the employer. The employee may have no choice but to quit because the employer refuses to remedy the situation; this is known as a "constructive discharge." The employee may also feel uncomfortable staying in the same place after making a harassment claim. If changing jobs seems like your best option, you should know that new employers cannot legally discriminate against you because you have made a complaint of sexual harassment in the past.

For some people who have suffered sexual harassment, the biggest obstacle to rebuilding a career is a lack of self-confidence. While a support group can be helpful, you also may consider seeking career counseling to help you formulate new job strategies.

Speak to an employment law attorney

The aftermath of a sexual harassment claim may seem as difficult as what led to the claim. There are, however, legal protections and many resources available to help you resume a normal existence. An attorney from Schwartz Law Firm in Farmington Hills, Michigan, can advise you on your legal protections and help you find the resources you need.

DISCLAIMER: This site and any information contained herein are intended for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. Seek competent legal counsel for advice on any legal matter.

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