Being subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace is frustrating, demeaning, and downright unsettling. Unfortunately, workplace sexual harassment isn’t entirely uncommon. That said, if you believe you’re a victim, our firm is here to help. Contact a dedicated Marquette sexual harassment lawyer from Berger Law today so you can tell us your story.
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Sexual harassment can leave a person feeling overwhelmed, powerless, and extremely upset. We understand just how disturbing acts of sexual harassment in the workplace can be, which is why we are dedicated to fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. If you’ve been made a victim, you can have confidence in your decision to turn to a dedicated Marquette employment lawyer from our firm for help.
Quid Pro Quo Vs. Hostile Work Environment Sexual Harassment
Under the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act, there are two types of sexual harassment: quid pro quo sexual harassment and hostile work environment harassment. Quid pro quo sexual harassment is loosely defined as requesting sexual favors in exchange for promising advancement in employment. Sexual harassment that creates a hostile work environment, however, is when an employer or co-worker makes persistent and unwelcome sexual advances on an employee, thereby causing the employee to feel threatened or uncomfortable, resulting in a hostile work environment.
Both types of sexual harassment are equally repugnant and, as such, are both recognized as violations of the law. If you’ve experienced either of these types of sexual harassment, you most likely have a valid sexual harassment claim against your employer. A Marquette sexual harassment lawyer from our firm is here to help you bring that claim.
Examples of Workplace Sexual Harassment
Sexual harassment in the workplace can manifest in many different ways. Just some of the most common examples of actions that likely meet the legal standard of sexual harassment are as follows:
- Unwanted sexual advances or propositions
- Inappropriate sexual comments, jokes, slurs, innuendo, or derogatory language
- Sexual gestures or lewd gestures
- Displaying explicit or offensive material
- Unwelcome touching or physical contact
- Sharing sexually explicit emails or messages
- Unfair treatment based on gender or sex
- Stalking or unwelcome following in the workplace
- Retaliating against an employee for reporting sexual harassment
Steps to Take to Protect Yourself
If you’ve been subjected to sexual harassment in the workplace, there are several steps you can take to protect yourself and seek justice. They are as follows:
- Document the incident(s) of sexual harassment to the best of your ability.
- Tell the harasser that you want them to stop. Make yourself abundantly clear.
- If the harassment persists, notify your employer. If the harassment is coming from your employer, notify your HR department.
- If the harassment persists or you do not have an HR department, contact an experienced Marquette sexual harassment lawyer.
- From here, you and your lawyer will file your claim either with the Michigan Department of Civil Rights or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission within 180 days. If you wait any longer than 180 days from the date the incident(s) of sexual harassment occurred, you will most likely lose your right to file a claim altogether. Don’t let this happen. Our firm is here to fight for you today.
As long as we can successfully prove that your employer or co-worker has, in fact, committed an act, or acts, of sexual harassment, you should win your claim and receive compensation for the damages you’ve incurred as a result. These can include economic damages, such as lost wages, such as if you were retaliated against/fired for rejecting sexual advances, as well as non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering and emotional distress.
Contact a Sexual Harassment Lawyer Today
Berger Law is a Marquette-based employment law firm dedicated to representing victims of unfair treatment in the workplace. If you’re a victim of sexual harassment, we are here to be your number one advocate through each step of the process ahead. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation with our compassionate legal team.