Is Verbal Harassment the Same as Physical Harassment?

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In the workplace, there are different types of sexual harassment that someone may experience. These are all unfortunate, but do they have the same impact on the victim? The two main forms of sexual harassment are both bad, but they have significantly different long-term effects on the person who is harmed.

How They are Different

Verbal and physical sexual harassment often cause the individual to feel significantly uncomfortable in the workplace. They can both be mentally and emotionally damaging to the victim and leave them feeling as though they are unsafe in their own work environment.

However, there are some very key differences between the two and how they are handled after the fact.

Verbal sexual harassment can be mentally scarring for an individual, but the physical sexual harassment may be enough to cause significant pain and suffering. This is because physical harassment can involve inappropriate touching, forced kissing, and more.

How They are the Same

Both forms of sexual harassment have the power to cause the victim to experience health problems. This can include the following:

  • Significant increases in blood pressure and the psychological reactions of stress
  • Problems with sleeping due to the stress and anxiety victims experience
  • Changes in behavior such as depression and suicidal feelings
  • Post-traumatic stress in which the victim fears being in another situation where they feel danger

No matter the type of situation you encounter, when you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you have the right to take legal action against those responsible. This can help you seek compensation and create change, preventing others from experiencing the same harm.

At Fieger Law, we have an unmatched determination to help those who have been sexually harassed in the workplace protect their rights. We know how difficult this situation can be. As such, we work hard to guide you through the process and create a safer work environment.

With our Michigan employment law attorneys on your side, you can feel peace of mind and comfort knowing we’ll go the extra mile for your right to compensation and justice.

To speak with an attorney, call us at (800) 294-6637 today.

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