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Employee claims retaliation after filing sexual harassment claims

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2021 | Employment Law

Coming forward about an unpleasant, harmful or frightening experience is not always easy. Many workers often feel as if they may face backlash for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace, especially actions relating to sexual harassment. Unfortunately, retaliation is not unheard of after making harassment-related complaints, and workers may have to take further steps to protect their rights.

Michigan readers may be interested in a such a situation currently affecting workers in another state. According to reports, an employee with Blizzard Entertainment, a video game development company, stated that she and many other female employees were subjected to a toxic work environment. Activision Blizzard, the parent company to Blizzard Entertainment, has faced allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation claims in the past, and workers have taken to publicly demonstrating their frustration and displeasure.

This particular employee stated that she faced the following actions:

  • Unwanted sexual advances
  • Rude comments about her body and appearance
  • Inappropriate touching
  • Demotion after reporting harassment
  • Denial of company benefits
  • Minimal raises

Unfortunately, many women in male-dominated industries have reported facing sexual harassment and other unjust treatment at their places of employment. It is also regrettable that many of these women also face retaliation after making their reports. However, filing reports with their employer is not the end of the line for Michigan workers who have faced similar circumstances. Not properly addressing harassment in the workplace is a violation of employment laws, and workers may have reason to take legal action of their own in efforts to have their voices heard and rights enforced.