What Constitutes Sexual Harassment at Work?
Experiencing something as serious as sexual harassment in the workplace should never be tolerated. Unfortunately, it does happen, and when it does, those affected should know whether or not they’ve been a victim and what they can do to move forward.
Here are the different acts that can be considered sexual harassment:
Physical Acts of Sexual Harassment
These are some of the worst acts that can occur because they involve the physical touching of someone in one form or another that makes the person uncomfortable. Physical sexual harassment can include the following actions:
- When someone blocks another’s movement or impedes in their path
- When someone touches another’s person and/or clothing in a manner that is inappropriate
- When someone unwantedly kisses, hugs, or otherwise touches another
- When someone touches another person without consent—also considered assault
Verbal Acts of Sexual Harassment
Not many people recognize the verbal actions that can be considered sexual harassment. However, there are a number of situations in which people make comments that make other people uncomfortable—this is considered sexual harassment.
These are a few of the ways someone can sexually harass someone in a verbal manner:
- Making a lewd or sexual joke or comment
- Making comments about someone’s clothing, behavior, or relationships
- Making threats against a person for refusing sexual acts
- Making up rumors regarding someone’s personal life—including their sex life
- Making requests regarding sexual favors
Other forms of Sexual Harassment
There are numerous other ways that someone can be the victim of sexual harassment. This can include when someone looks you up and down in a way to make you feel uncomfortable. Also, if someone displays a poster or email that has sexual content, it can be considered harassment.
Even matters involving making sexual or derogatory expressions or gestures can be considered harassment if you feel uncomfortable.
At Fieger Law, we take action on behalf of those who have been victims of sexual harassment in the workplace. We know how serious these types of matters are and those who have been victimized by someone else’s actions deserve the right to take legal action.
Let our Michigan employment law attorneys guide you throughout the entire process and help you pursue the compensation you deserve. It is our goal to protect your rights from start to finish, and help you move forward in the most effective manner possible.