At Just Right Law, we provide compassionate and expert legal support for individuals affected by sexual harassment. We understand the deeply personal and often complex nature of these cases, which is why we are here to guide you through your journey towards justice. We firmly believe that no one should have to endure any form of sexual harassment, and we are committed to fighting for your rights in order to hold perpetrators accountable. With our client-centered approach, we strive to create a safe and supportive environment where you can openly share your experiences and concerns.
Understanding Sexual Harassment and Laws
Sexual harassment involves any form of unwelcome verbal, nonverbal, or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment. This can include but is not limited to:
- unwanted sexual advances
- inappropriate sexual comments and jokes
- making comments about the attractiveness of others in front of an employee
- inquiring about an employee’s sex life
- giving unwanted gifts of a sexual or romantic nature
- spreading sexual rumors about an employee
- circulating lewd images or messages
- repeated unwanted touching
- any other behavior that interferes with a person’s work or educational environment
There are two main types of sexual harassment that commonly occur: Quid Pro Quo or Hostile Work Environment.
Quid Pro Quo occurs when a person in a position of power, such as a supervisor or employer, demands sexual favors in exchange for job benefits, promotions, or protection from adverse actions.
In a hostile work environment, unwelcome sexual conduct, comments, or behavior create an intimidating, offensive, or hostile atmosphere that interferes with an individual’s ability to perform their job effectively.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
This law serves as a cornerstone, prohibiting sexual harassment in workplaces. It is designed to protect individuals from unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that creates a hostile or offensive work environment.
Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA)
This section of Michigan law prohibits discrimination based on religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, against anyone trying to obtain employment, housing, education, or access to public accommodations and services. Additionally, it is illegal for employers to treat pregnant women differently from other employees who are similar in ability to work.
Damages for Sexual Harassment Claims
If you are a survivor of sexual harassment, you could be entitled to damages that include:
- back pay and/or front pay to compensate you for any wage loss
- compensatory and/or punitive damages
- attorney’s fees
Building a Strong Case with Legal Representation
At Just Right law, we are dedicated to helping victims of sexual harassment seek justice and get the compensation they deserve Contact us online or by phone at 248-519-2313 to schedule your free consultation so that we can discuss your case, evaluate your options, and provide you with the compassionate legal representation you deserve.