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Explicit music may encourage unjust treatment at work

On Behalf of | Jun 28, 2023 | Employment Law

Music that involves explicit language and inappropriate content may have no place in any type of work environment. While feeling forced to listen to such music at work can be stressful enough as is, workers in Michigan may face additional challenges should such issues encourage unjust workplace behaviors. A court has ruled in favor of proceeding with a sexual harassment claim that states that explicit music may have contributed to harassing behaviors in a warehouse for a wholesale clothing apparel company. 

Sexual harassment lawsuit 

According to reports, several women filed a lawsuit against S&S Activewear after claiming that they were subjected to sexual harassment at work. The lawsuit states that they were not only forced to listen to explicit and inappropriate music but that this music promoted further unjust treatment. While they claim to have objected to the presence of the music, they say other workers ignored their requests and would even take steps to further aggravate the situation. 

The lawsuit states that the women were also subjected to explicit gestures and remarks by workers who were listening to this music. They also claim that while the company was informed of the issue, no steps were taken to address the situation. While reviewing a previous dismissal of the case, a court of appeals has reportedly reversed the decision and ruled to allow the lawsuit to move forward. 

Confronting harassment at work 

The presence of any type of offensive content at work may constitute sexual harassment and dealing with similar issues can be exceedingly daunting in nature. Workers in Michigan who encounter such unjust treatment might not be certain of how best to confront the situation and they could consider speaking with an attorney for guidance on the next steps to take. An attorney can work toward addressing every aspect of the client’s situation, help take steps to protect against unlawful treatment and assist in preparing to pursue any compensation to which he or she may be entitled to receive.