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Owosso, MI asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Michigan

Q: Terminated due to an accidental erection in front of female co-worker. Wrongfully terminated?

One day at work Ive become very stressed, running up and down a flight of stairs every few minutes, and when I came back to my female coworker to help her finish our tasks for the day, and I suddenly got an erection. It was noticeable but I tried to make it not so obvious and even apologized to her about it . I thought to leave the area we were in but decided not to and ignore the awkward erection because my shift was almost over anyway. This lasted no more than 5 minutes. In my opinion, we both handled it professionally. I made some jokes to make the situation to make it less embarrassing for us both. We both understand that these things happen, and I ensured it had nothing to do with her. We already made it clear that we do not like each other, and that we both are adults in a happy relationship. The very next day my managers called me in for a private discussion about this complaint, and terminated me instantly. Was this termination wrong? Could I fight this decision?

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
Answered
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Unlikely that you would successfully fight this. How would your employer know about this if your co-worker didn't complain?

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