When workers in Michigan have to deal with hostile work environments and the harassment that potentially accompanies it, it can seriously harm your ability to focus on your work. In some of these situations, the employer can be held liable even if they are not the one directly responsible for the harassment. 

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission takes a look at situations in which an employer is liable for the harassment taking place in a work environment. There are a few situations in which this is the case. The first is if supervisor harassment resulted in the loss of wages, termination, or failure to promote an employee. However, the employer cannot be held liable if they tried to prevent and correct the harassing behavior within reason and the employee failed to take advantage of any corrective or preventative opportunities that were provided to them. 

Employers can also be held liable for the harassing behavior of customers on the premise, contracted workers, and other non-employees that they have control over or otherwise oversee. However, this only applies if they were aware of the harassing behavior or should have reasonably been aware of it. Additionally, they must have then failed to take any sort of quick and appropriate corrective actions against it if they were aware. 

Any employee that has faced harassment from someone under their employer’s watch should be aware of the situations in which said employer can he held liable. Not only can it help employees to protect themselves from harassment, but it provides further incentive for employers to keep their workplace harassment-free.