For more than fifteen years, I have represented employees who have been discriminated against by their co-workers, supervisors, and employers. I can safely say that sexual harassment hasn’t gone away, as Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Fox shows. And, as it turns out, Ms. Carlson wasn’t the only woman harassed at Fox News. As the New York Times reports, “Rudi Bakhtiar, who worked for the network a decade ago, said Fox News let her go after she rebuffed advances from a colleague and filed a complaint about it internally.” Ms. Bakhtiar settled her claims against Fox, but finding out that she isn’t the only victim of illegal discrimination has “emboldened to tell her story publicly”. And as another woman who faced discrimination at work, and sued her employer, realized, “The takeaway was that this is not unique to me. It’s epidemic.”
Sexual harassment is illegal under both Federal and Michigan law. It happens in all kinds of workplaces, to all kinds of women. Like Anita Hill’s testimony did 25 years ago, we can hope that Ms. Carlson’s courage helps women to speak up, speak out, and find the help they need to end harassment and discrimination in their workplaces. We can help you do that.
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