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Employers and sexual harassment in Michigan

Some mistakes that employers make can contribute to a workplace sexual harassment problem, potentially resulting in lawsuits. Employers should take care to correct the common issues existing in their workplaces to make it less likely that sexual harassment will occur, and if it does, that it can be dealt with appropriately.

One of the biggest mistakes an employer can make is having a sexual harassment policy that requires a worker to report up the chain of command. This type of policy can be an issue when the harasser is the person who is in the chain of command. Employers should instead have an alternative reporting system in place so that problem doesn't occur. Businesses that fail to have a policy in place regarding relationships between supervisors and subordinates may also have a problem in the event the relationship fails. Employers should at a minimum have a policy that people engaged in such relationships report them to their supervisors.

Employers also often make mistakes when investigating claims of sexual harassment. Some do not take the complaints seriously, while others do not inform the person being accused that retaliating against the reporting person is prohibited. Following a complaint, the relationship between both the accused and the accuser should be monitored if both continue to work at the company.

Employers who fail to properly address complaints about unwanted sexual advances may end up being held liable for the resulting hostile work environment. It is important for employers to confront sexual harassment head-on and to take all claims seriously. Doing so can help ensure a healthier and more productive work environment for all of those who are employed. A person who suffers from workplace sexual harassment that is not properly dealt with may benefit by seeking help from an employment law attorney.

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