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School district pays $600,000 in sexual harassment case

In this day and age, it is unthinkable that sexual discrimination and harassment still occur in the workplace. Unfortunately sexual harassment and discrimination still exist, but victims today are aware of their rights and are no longer powerless. Recently the Flint school district paid $600,000 to settle a sexual harassment suit brought by a teacher.

The teacher had alleged she was sexually harassed by a school principal. A mediation panel convened and made recommendations that avoided having to take the case to trial. The school district says that it is pleased that the issue was finally resolved.

According to sources, a Flint Northwestern High School teacher was harassed by the school's principal after she ended a sexual relationship with him. The teacher alleged that the principal followed her, took her out of her classroom during the school day, and threatened to fire her if she did not submit to his advances. The principal retired in 2011.

Sexual harassment is never acceptable in the work place. It hampers the victim's ability to perform his or her duties effectively. When continued employment is conditioned on submitting to sexual advances, it is known as quid pro quo harassment. Sometimes the harassment is so severe it creates a hostile work environment, which itself gives rise to a claim against the employer. Victims should know that there are laws in place against sexual harassment and discrimination and that they have every right to put a stop to such behavior.

Victims of harassment in Detroit should consult a knowledgeable legal professional in their area. The victim can file for compensation to cover damages and lost wages, emotional and mental distress, punitive damages and legal fees.

Source: Michigan Live, "Flint schools settle teacher's sexual harassment lawsuit for $600,000," Feb. 21, 2013

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