While news regarding sexual harassment may have just recently reached new heights, litigation over harassment, including sexual harassment has been growing for years. The law allows employers and individuals to be sued for back pay, front pay, emotional damages, and other punitive damages for violation of the law related to harassment. In fact, employees have increasingly been utilizing the court system to file their own lawsuits or reaching out to either the:
- Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
- Michigan Department of Civil Rights
Both of these agencies will process and investigate and have the power to pursue claims for sexual harassment.
In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reported that almost 27,000 complaints of sexual harassment or discrimination were filed in fiscal year 2016.
As we move into 2018, there is sure to be even more awareness than in years past by employees of their right to speak out against perceived sexual harassment. As a result, it is important for employers to take prompt measures to make sure they understand the issues that could lead to a potential claim.
Contributed by Clifford Hammond of Foster Swift.
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