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Teacher on leave after alleged sexual harassment in classroom

Employees of any company generally expect that they will be provided a safe and professional work environment. A biology teacher claims that the school she teaches at failed to accomplish this; and as a result, the male students that she taught engaged in inappropriate acts toward her. She has recently sued the school for two years of reported sexual harassment that occurred in her classroom. Michigan residents who have suffered through a similar experience might find favorable results in a similar lawsuit.

The biology teacher taught at a Catholic high school that was exclusively for male students. The harassment allegedly began in 2012 after graffiti of a sexual nature about her was scrawled on the bathroom wall. This later escalated to a game that supposedly had male students competing with one another to snap pictures up at least three female teacher’s skirts.

In addition to the multiple pictures that were taken, there was also at least one video recorded. Since discovering the ongoing game, she has been on leave until such a time that the school can guarantee her and other female teachers' safety. Additionally, six students were expelled and another six were suspended in relation to the up skirt pictures.

Ultimately, she believes that the school did not act in such a way that protected the teachers from continual and ongoing sexual harassment to female teachers. She alleges that sports are often ahead of personal development, and that she’d also like to see a shift to bring about more respect in the school. Her lawsuit currently seeks back pay for the time that she’s been on leave as well as damages. Individuals in Michigan who have also dealt with a hostile work environment and inappropriate acts may also benefit from a sexual harassment claim against an employer. Not only can it provide legal recourse to an unjust situation, but it may also create a safer environment for current and future employees.

Source: New York Daily News, "California Catholic high school boys took photos up teachers' skirts in twisted game: Biology teacher", Meg Wagner, May 16, 2014

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