Harrassment At Work

I reported to human resources, that a team member called me out of my name… filed a complaint. Every since then all my team members have been harrassing me, moving my work items, so I cant hardly complete my work. I’ve also had to speak with a young man concerning the comment he made towards me. Now on break he follows me out on every break sitting next to me. Our manager was suppose to have had a one on one meeting then and all together meeting but it never happened. Also, during our phone conversation it seems that this same young lady had an incident with another rep before I joined the team and made me very much aware that the team was full of drama but he thought he has corrected the situation, however I found out that he didn’t. Is there anything I can do? This is stressing me out.

Asked on June 23, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If the harassment is against you due to your sex, your race or color, your national origin, your disability, your age 40 or over, or your religion, this is illegal discrimination, and if the employer will not take appropriate action after your complaints, the company itself (and not just the team member) will be engaging in illegal discrimination. In that case you could contact the federal EEOC or your state's equal/civil rights agency to file a complaint. 
But if the harassment is due to any other reason--personal dislike; this employee's own emotional issues or dysfunctional personality; ambition (e.g. thinking that harassing you somehow helps her career); etc.--then it is legal and your company can choose to allow it. Only harassment or discrimination based on (that is, due to or because of) those few categories protected by law is illegal. Apart from that, co-workers may harass you and your employer could choose to permit it.


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