practice areas: Harassment
The law forbids harassment based on a protected status of an individual. Under both Michigan and Federal law it is illegal for employers to harass individuals due to their sex, race, age, national origin, religion, FMLA, pregnancy or disability. Some jurisdictions also prevent harassment based on characteristics such as sexual orientation, weight, and height. Harassment can include, for example, offensive remarks about any of the characteristics listed above. Although the law does not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or isolated incidents that are not very serious, harassment is illegal when it is so frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision, such as termination or demotion.