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4 female officers file sexual harassment against supervisor

If one has been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, then one knows how intimidating it can be to file a complaint, despite being unhappy and working in a hostile work environment. One may be afraid of retaliation in the form of a demotion or even termination, or one might think that no one would listen to one's complaint. However, when more than one person at the same place of employment has experienced sexual harassment from the same employee, it may ease the tension of filing a complaint in Michigan as well as in the rest of the country.

Four female corrections officers filed sexual harassment complaints against the same supervisor who was a deputy warden. The main filer in the suit claimed that the man committed inappropriate acts in front of her. He also supposedly made lewd remarks towards her.

According to the suit, the deputy warden had a lengthy number of complaints against him. In the settlement, the four women gained a total of $600,000. The main filer in the complaint got $360,000 and the other three women got $80,000 each.

While having other people who have shared the same experience with an employee file complaints as well may ease the stress of filing the suit, sexual harassment in the workplace is never acceptable. Even though the threat of retaliation may be intimidating, it is against one's employee rights to be subjected to a hostile work environment. Michigan professionals in employee law can help victims of sexual harassment file their claims so that the victims may receive compensation.

Source: New York Daily News, City pays $600G to 4 female jail guards claiming sexual harassment by superiors, John Marzulli, Sept. 21, 2013

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