Types of Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment comes in a variety of behaviors, some of which may be more subtle, but all of them are a violation of your rights, including:

  • Dirty jokes and lewd language
  • Sexual content posted on walls and computer screens
  • Quid pro quo sexual harassment, such as a request for sexual favors in exchange for an employment benefit
  • Sexual favortism
  • Leering, suggestive looks
  • Inappropriate touching, unwelcome physical proximity
  • Denied promotions because of your sex or sexual orientation
  • Denied or reduced pay raises
  • Unwelcome phone calls, e-mails and text messaging

How Do You Cope With a Violation of Your Rights?

Victims of sexual harassment may feel conflicting emotions. On the one hand, they may feel anger, disgust and loss of self-esteem and respect. On the other hand, they may feel afraid and anxious about the possibility of losing their jobs; especially if the CEO, the owner or manager of the company where they work is the person harassing them.

Many victims of sexual harassment in the workplace fear that reporting the matter will result in retaliation. Perhaps their boss will demote them, give them a poor work performance evaluation, or simply fire them. Worse yet, victims may fear that no one will believe them (e.g., “You’re just being paranoid!!!”).

You Don’t Have to Tolerate Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

If you’ve been sexually harassed in the workplace, the attorneys at The Cromer Law Group PLLC want you to know that you do have rights. There is legal recourse. You have a right to stand up against inappropriate conduct. Know your employment rights!

Are you feeling the mental stress that comes with any form of sexual harassment or discrimination?

  • In appropriate touching
  • Sexually explicit jokes, language, phone calls or e-mails
  • Denied promotion or job opportunities
  • Demands for a date or sexual favors in return for something, quid pro quo sexual harassment
  • Retaliation or hostile work environment

Both Michigan and federal law prohibit sexual harassment in the workplace. In Michigan, if a manager engages in sexual harassment or discrimination against an employee under their direct supervision, the company may be held liable. Furthermore, it is against the law for employers to retaliate against you because you complain about sexual harassment or discrimination.

Top Ten Tips for Victims of Sexual Harassment

  1. Contact The Cromer Law Group PLLC, so that we can help obtain an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) Right to Sue Letter before it’s too late. We don’t recommend that you do this on your own.
  2. The Cromer Law Group PLLC can help you write a letter or e-mail to a manager so your complaint of sexual harassment is in writing.
  3. Make sure it is clear to your harasser that the offensive conduct is unwelcome.
  4. Keep a journal of all incidents with the dates and details.
  5. Do not engage in behavior, jokes, or interactions at work that could be used against you.
  6. Do not drink alcohol with co-workers or managers.
  7. Obtain a copy of all of your employer’s sexual harassment policies, so that The Cromer Law Group PLLC can better determine whether your employer has violated its own policies.
  8. Make a list of all potential witnesses, they can also be anonymous witnesses.
  9. If you are experiencing emotional distress, please communicate your symptoms to your doctor.
  10. Make an appointment with a psychologist or therapist to begin documenting your emotional distress symptoms.

For a confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online.

Sexual Jokes Are Not Appropriate in the Workplace

There’s nothing wrong with your sense of humor if you are offended by sexual jokes. They can be graphic, shocking and embarrassing. They can be demeaning and reinforce negative stereotypes. They can make you feel self-conscious or defensive. They can also be a gateway to unwelcome sexual advances or other forms of sexual harassment. The bottom line is that your employer should not allow sexualized jokes or obscene language in the workplace if a reasonable person would be offended or intimidated.

Sexual jokes that may be considered harassment can include:

  • Graphic descriptions of sex acts/body parts
  • Jokes containing sexual language and profanity
  • Sexual innuendo aimed at you
  • Sex jokes told loudly for all to hear
  • Sexual jokes or cartoons e-mailed to your work computer

An issue that can arise in these cases is that the victims have forwarded jokes that were sent to them or engaged in banter in the workplace because they were afraid they had to try to “fit in.” The defense (employer/harasser’s attorney) may also argue that other co-workers were not offended by the same jokes. We keep the focus on jokes and behavior that are specifically aimed at you or that cross the line into sexual harassment.

Talk to Us Today About Sexual Harassment

Have you been exposed to sexual jokes in metro Detroit, Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County, and all of southeastern Michigan? We will take the time to listen and vigorously pursue your legal recourse if you have grounds to sue.

For a FREE confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online.

Target of Sexual Notes, E-Mails or Texts at Work

E-mail, networks and wireless technologies have expanded work-related communication, but have also made it easier than ever to be sexually harassed by a co-worker or supervisor, sometimes anonymously.

Victims often suffer needlessly because they aren’t sure what constitutes sexual harassment or how to assert their rights. Instead, they put up with demeaning or threatening behavior until it affects their work performance, their health, and other facets of work and personal life.

We can determine if sexual notes and other communications are actionable as sexual harassment. This may include communications with sexual come-ons, stalking behavior, pornographic images, sexual jokes or explicit language:

  • E-mail or instant message (IM)
  • Phone calls and voicemail messages
  • Text messages to your cellphone or Blackberry“Sexting” of nude or pornographic pictures
  • Post-it notes or computer printouts with sexual messages
  • Other work-related communications
  • Postings on Facebook and social media

The defense (employer/harasser) will try to show that the victim was not offended or willingly participated. We know that victims often go along with offensive behavior rather than confront a supervisor or “make waves.” The aggressive employment attorneys at The Cromer Law Group PLLC, work harder to focus on offensive behavior that goes too far and how the employer and the harasser responded after a formal complaint of harassment has been made.

For a FREE confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online.

What Does Supervisor Sexual Harassment Look Like?

Generally, sexual harassment by supervisors and managers is about abusing a position of power and/or gaining some level of control over the employee. Many times, it can be subtle and build up over a period of time. Ask yourself if you have observed any of the following behaviors by your employer:

  • Inappropriate leaning too close to talk to you at your desk
  • Unwelcome touching
  • Inappropriate language, dirty jokes
  • Consistently asking what you do with your evening and weekend time
  • Phoning or e-mailing you at home or off-hours
  • Quid pro quo, expecting something in exchange for a promotion or pay raise (e.g., leave or sexual favors)
  • Asking you out on dates

What About Retaliation?

Make no mistake, the possibility of retaliation after filing a sexual harassment or discrimination complaint with your human resources department is very real. That’s why it is important to talk to a qualified employment lawyer to start the process of protecting your rights and your job immediately,

For a confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online

What is a Hostile Work Environment and What Can I Do About It?

Hostile work environments come in many forms. Some behaviors may be more subtle, but that doesn’t keep them from violating your rights. Here are some examples:

  • Dirty jokes and lewd language
  • Sexually explicit e-mails, pictures or pornography
  • Sexual content posted on walls and computer screens
  • Leering, suggestive looks
  • Sexual comments or lewd behavior
  • Inappropriate touching, unwelcome physical proximity
  • Denied promotions because of your sex or sexual orientation
  • Denied or reduced pay raises
  • Unwelcome phone calls, e-mails and text messages

If you work in an environment that is sexually hostile, you can either continue to put up with it or you can stand up for your rights!!! Our aggressive and knowledgeable sexual harassment employment attorneys will explain your rights and possible courses of action. We are experienced in negotiating favorable severance packages so that you can close the door and put this negative experience behind you.

Contact an Aggressive and Experienced Hostile Workplace Lawyer Today.

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Inappropriate Touching

Some people claim to be “huggers” or “touchy-feely,” but no one has a right to hug or touch you if it makes you feel uncomfortable. Unwelcome touching of a sexual nature is often disguised as friendly or paternal behavior. Under the law, it may be considered sexual harassment.

If you have been subjected to inappropriate touching in the workplace. The Cromer Law Group PLLC can help you take action to make it stop and hold the harasser accountable. We will help you assert your right and pursue monetary damages for the personal trauma and the financial impact of sexual harassment.

We have prevailed in employment litigation throughout metro Detroit, Oakland, Wayne, and Macomb County, Michigan, including recoveries against major companies for sexual harassment. Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation.

Every school kid learns about “good touch” and “bad touch.” Yet in a workplace setting, victims of harassment and discrimination often endure unwanted touching for many reasons. It’s not that big a deal. He’s just that way. Am I reading something sinister into something innocent? Will I get this person in trouble? And so the pattern continues or escalates.

It is a big deal and you do not have to endure it! Trust your instincts and let our knowledgeable and aggressive employment attorneys determine if the behavior constitutes grounds for a claim of sexual harassment. Unwanted touching may take many forms:

  • Grouping or grabbing
  • Caressing or “massages”
  • Brushing against your body
  • Hugging
  • Kisses (on the lips, cheek or anywhere)
  • Sitting or standing uncomfortably close to you
  • Hovering over you while you are trying to work

Sexual harassers get sense of power of thrills from this kind of touching, and they are skilled at passing it off as “innocent behavior”. Whether it is a supervisor, co-worker or whoever, we will help you put a stop to it or bring suit if the company failed to protect you from further abuse.

Talk To Us Today About Sexual Harassment

For a FREE confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online.

Work-Related Online Sexual Harassment:

The line between work and personal life is increasingly blurred, especially with the advent of social medial such as (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and 24/7 connectivity via text messaging. You can be the victim of work-related sexual harassment even when you or your harasser is not physically present at the workplace or on duty.

Have you been sexually harassed by a co-worker, supervisor or employer via Facebook, Internet chat room, cellphone or other social media? We vigorously and aggressively represent employees across the metro Detroit, Oakland, Wayne or Macomb County, and all of southeastern Michigan, in lawsuits for damages. Contact us today for a FREE initial consultation – call 248-809-6790.

Online sexual harassment can be extremely stressful and scary. The harasser can post messages or sexualized images at any time, sometimes anonymously or by posing as someone else. Such harassment tends to be more aggressive, explicit or vicious in nature.

It is important not to engage with the person by responding, especially in a way that sounds like you are condoning or downplaying the behavior. You can let them know that you have a boyfriend or spouse. You can also say, “Please don’t text or write to me like this.”

It is also imperative to preserve evidence and get legal help. Attorney Ronnie E. Cromer, Jr., and his knowledge and compassionate legal team will walk you through the steps to document and report online sexual harassment so that we can hold the harasser and the employer accountable.

Electronic or online harassment may include derogatory terms and sexual language, sexual come-ons, spreading lies or nasty comments about you, sending nude or pornographic images to you, posting embarrassing photos of you online, stalking behavior, or threats of violence:

  • Postings on Facebook or other social media sites
  • Posting in online chat rooms
  • Texting of harassing messages to your cellphone
  • “Sexting” of obscene images
  • Harassment via your personal or work e-mail accounts

It does not matter if the behavior is outside of work hours or away from the workplace. If someone you work with or work for is harassing you, the employer has an obligation to make it stop and to protect you. We are here to make sure your complaints are taken seriously and to see that you get the justice you deserve. Remember The Cromer Law Group PLLC motto: “Justice Delayed Is Justice Denied.” Know your employment rights!

For a confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online.

Refusing Sexual Advances at Work 

Some people won’t take no for an answer. Refusing the unwelcome advances of a supervisor, co-worker, vendor or customer may evoke any number of responses. The person might get even more aggressive, including sexual assault. The person may back-off for a while, then resume the amorous advances. There may be a backlash, from the harasser or from the management. Or perhaps the harasser is appropriately punished and never bothers you again.

Our aggressive Michigan employment lawyers can help you document sexual advances and what happened after you asked the person to stop or reported it to your employer. We will pursue damages and appropriate legal action for any ongoing harassment or retaliation:

  • Continued sexual harassment
  • Stalking, harassment, threats or violence
  • Hostile working environment
  • Bad-mouthing and damage to your reputation
  • Poor performances reviews or negative employment references
  • Termination, transfer or adverse employment action against you.

Refusing sexual advances or reporting the behavior can be a scary prospect. Although you are the victim, you may be accused of inviting the advances or “giving mixed signals.” But if you say nothing, the harassment will only continue and probably get worse. It is critical to contact an attorney so that you make the right moves to protect yourself in every way. The Cromer Law Group PLLC is on your side and we will do everything we can to help you get the justice you deserve and put this nightmare behind you.

Talk to Us Today About Sexual Harassment or Retaliation 

Will will support you in everything that happens after refusing workplace sexual advances in metro Detroit, Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County, and all of southeastern Michigan.

For a FREE confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online

Are You Subjected to Sexual Pictures at Work

In a bygone era, “sexy” pictures may have been tolerated in the workplace. Today they are recognized as outright pornography or images that degrade and objectify women and reinforce outdated gender roles and unfair stereotypes. This leads to a hostile work environment in which you feel anxious, uncomfortable or intimidated. It also fosters an environment in which other forms of sexual harassment are allowed to gain traction.

We can determine whether the sexualized images you have been exposed to constitute sexual harassment. We can help you document the behavior and what action is taken by your employer if co-workers or a supervisor have subjected you to sexual pictures.

  • Centerfolds or nude pictures
  • “Cheesecake” calendars or posters
  • Pornographic depictions (photos or cartoons)
  • Sexual pictures sent to your work computer or phone
  • Other offensive images of a sexual nature

Talk to Us Today About Sexual Harassment

Have you been exposed to nude or sexually explicit pictures at work in the metro Detroit, Oakland, Wayne, or Macomb County, Michigan? We will aggressively and vigorously protect your rights and pursue any entitled compensation.

For a FREE confidential consultation with an experienced employment law attorney, call 248-809-6790 or 313-213-5875 (24 hours) or contact us online.

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