Being in a city full of industrial companies, some residents of Detroit, Michigan, have dreamt of working in a five-star hotel. The person may believe that working in a hotel may give him or her more career opportunities and that he or she will make a decent living. However, what these aspiring hotel employees may not understand is that hotels, although they are sophisticated establishments, may also have disadvantageous working conditions. These conditions may include co-workers and employers committing sexual harassment and engaging in other abusive conduct within the workplace.
Take into consideration a recent report regarding a woman who sued her employer, a prominent hotel conglomerate with branches across the country, including in Michigan, over alleged sexual harassment. According to the lawsuit, the 50-year-old woman was the recipient of unwanted physical contact and verbal abuse from male co-workers.
Reports state that the harassment began when she became a kitchen steward, which was a full-time position. Her lawsuit accuses a sous chef of abruptly unsnapping her bra and another co-worker of touching her inappropriately. When she reported the incident, hotel management and her union declined to intervene on her behalf. As a result, her co-workers allegedly became vindictive, threatened her and made her life at work difficult.
This case is a lesson for readers from Detroit, Michigan. Although it may vary from state to state, all employment laws specify that working environments are supposed to be safe for the employees. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. In addition to state laws preventing such behavior, there are also federal laws addressing the issue. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from the type of behavior that the victim in the above case experienced.
These laws provide all employees, including those from Detroit, Michigan, with the right to file a lawsuit against the people who caused the damage. However, exercising those rights is something that can sometimes be complicated and strenuous. That is why it may be best for the employee who has become a victim of harassment to consult a legal professional and allow the legal professional to provide sound advice and guidance.
Source: Nydailynews.com, "Kitchen worker sues Grand Hyatt New York over alleged sexual harassment," Barbara Ross and Bill Hutchinson, July 29, 2013