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#MeToo: Ending Sexual Harassment in Michigan Workplaces

iStock-916049464.jpgFor far too long, employees suffered from sexual harassment in silence, afraid to come forward due to fears of increased harassment or retaliation. The events of the last year, spurred on by the #MeToo hashtag on social media, have taken the lid off of the sordid happenings at companies and institutions across the nation.

Recognizing the signs of sexual harassment at work

Good-natured teasing is often a normal part of any workplace. However, there is a difference between harmless joking around and unlawful sexual harassment. You might be experiencing some behavior at work that is causing you to wonder if someone is crossing a line. It can help you and other Michigan employees to understand what constitutes sexual harassment, as well as your legal rights.

Are LGBT employees in Michigan protected against discrimination?

Did you know that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees in Michigan do not have statewide protections against discrimination? Despite the legalization of gay marriage and the continuing acceptance of the LGBT community nationwide, Michigan still has a long way to go. Sexual orientation discrimination does not fall under sex discrimination according to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. According to a report by The Detroit News, this means discrimination against LGBT employees is technically legal.

Lawsuit against Yahoo alleges unlawful layoffs, discrimination

Over one-third of the workers at Yahoo have left of their own accord or involuntarily in the last year. The chief executive has come under fire for the poor financial performance of the company, with some calling for a restructuring of the company or the sale of the Internet business.

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