What do you need to rove an harassment lawsuit at work?

UPDATED: Nov 8, 2011

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What do you need to rove an harassment lawsuit at work?

My boyfriend has been employed at his job for about 4 months now. Our next door neighbor had gotten him the job. Now he and the next neighbor no longer get along but work together. It feels like the neighbor and another employee are attacking him; for example, he is constantly being watched by them and if he goes to the bathroom for longer than 10 minutes he he being questioned about it. His work is being questioned as well. There are various things that have happened but I am trying to get a general idea on harassment lawsuits at work?

Asked on November 8, 2011 under Employment Labor Law, Michigan


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Unfortunately, most harassment at work is legal. That is, the law only protects against harassment or discrimination based on a person's race, sex, religion, disability, or age over 40. (That's the federal, or national, law; your state may add a few additional characteristics which are protected, such as national origin, family status, or sexual orientation.)

If your boyfriend is being harassed due to one of the above reasons, he should consult with an employment attorney.  But if the harassment is simply due to the neighbor and other employee not liking him (or something similar), that, unfortunately, is legal. The law does not require people to be fair at work.

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