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Questions to address regarding sexual harassment

If you have any reason to believe you're being sexually harassed at work, you don't have time to wait around any longer. Sure, you could sit back and hope the behavior stops, but this isn't typically the way things work out.

Above all else, you should tell the other person that you are uncomfortable with his or her advances. From there, don't hesitate to share the necessary details with your boss or HR department.

Here are some additional questions to address regarding sexual harassment:

-- What type of behavior is considered sexual harassment?

-- Is it possible for an employer to punish an employee for reporting sexual harassment?

-- What are the federal and state laws that protect workers from sexual harassment?

-- What should you do if the other party does not stop harassing you, even after you have filed a complaint?

-- Are you able to file a lawsuit against your employer as a means of collecting compensation related to the harassment?

While all of these questions are important, here's the one thing you need to remember above all else: your well being is priority number one.

You don't want to remain in a bad situation. If you are being sexually harassed, if the other person won't stop, remove yourself immediately and then consider your options for moving forward in Michigan.

It is your hope that you are never a victim of sexual harassment, but this can happen at any time. If you find yourself in this spot, take the time to learn more about your rights and then take the appropriate action.

Source: The American Association of University Women, "Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment," accessed Sep. 26, 2016

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