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
- 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.
- 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.
- Make sure it is clear to your harasser that the offensive conduct is unwelcome.
- Keep a journal of all incidents with the dates and details.
- Do not engage in behavior, jokes, or interactions at work that could be used against you.
- Do not drink alcohol with co-workers or managers.
- 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.
- Make a list of all potential witnesses, they can also be anonymous witnesses.
- If you are experiencing emotional distress, please communicate your symptoms to your doctor.
- 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.
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