Fight Against Workplace Sexual Harassment

conferenceToo often Massachusetts workers experience sexual harassment in the workplace. Those committing the harassment are sexual predators or bullies, who believe that they are immune from their wrongful and illegal actions because of their position. They are wrong. We are Massachusetts sexual harassment lawyers who can help you fight back.

If you have been sexually harassed at work, don’t be a victim for a second time by not collecting the fair and just compensation you may be entitled to. Avoiding making huge mistakes is essential right now.

Can You Sue Your Employer for Sexual Harassment?

Yes, victims of sexual harassment can file a lawsuit against their employer for sexual assault violations. However, it’s essential to take steps to mitigate sexual harassment in the workplace and understand the legal process.

We are empathetic and compassionate so call us now at 617-444-7777 and tell your story. We are easy to talk to and will let you know whether or not we can help you. We offer a free, no-obligation consultation, and accept sexual harassment cases on a contingency fee basis. That means we only get paid if we win your case. The call is free and confidential, so call us today to get started.

Defining Sexual Harassment in Massachusetts

Sexual harassment in Massachusetts is broadly defined as any unwelcome or inappropriate sexual remark or physical advance in a workplace or professional setting. It is illegal in the state and applies to same-sex harassment as well. There are two primary forms of sexual harassment:

  • Quid Pro Quo Harassment: This occurs when an employee is forced to grant sexual favors as a condition of employment or continued employment. For example, a manager offering a promotion in exchange for a date or sexual act is quid pro quo harassment.
  • Hostile Work Environment: A workplace can be deemed hostile when sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other sexual conduct become commonplace. Even when no sexual contact occurs, if the words or actions of a supervisor or co-worker make someone feel uncomfortable or unsafe, it can be considered a hostile work environment.

Employer Responsibilities Under Sexual Harassment Laws

Employers in Massachusetts have specific responsibilities when it comes to sexual harassment, including:

  • Adopting a written policy against sexual harassment.
  • Informing employees that sexual harassment is unlawful.
  • Making it clear to managers and supervisors that retaliation for filing a complaint of sexual harassment is unlawful.
  • Committing to investigating any complaint of sexual harassment.
  • Encouraging education and training programs for all employees regularly.

Understanding Sexual Harassment Law Claims

Sexual harassment is illegal under both Massachusetts and Federal law and can include a wide variety of inappropriate actions including:

  • Lewd or inappropriate sexual comment or innuendo
  • Physical touching or groping
  • Requiring a person to submit to or agree to dating, or sexual activity as a condition for keeping a job.

These are only a few examples, as many other types of activities constitute sexual harassment in Massachusetts.

Steps to Address Sexual Harassment:

  • Speak up about the harassment.
  • Follow your company’s guidelines for reporting sexual harassment.
  • Keep detailed records of incidents, including dates, times, locations, and witnesses.
  • Report harassment to a government agency if necessary, which can lead to litigation.

Compensation for Sexual Harassment Damage

Victims of sexual harassment may seek compensation for emotional injuries, lost income, lost benefits, counseling, and punitive damages in severe cases.

In some cases, victims can seek restraining or protective orders against their harassers, backed by evidence and legal assistance. Sexual harassment claims must be severe or pervasive to proceed in civil court.

Employers are not legally obligated to fire harassers but can take other actions. Retaliation or quitting a job can impact a victim’s ability to seek compensation.

Sexual harassment is illegal and unacceptable in Massachusetts workplaces. Victims have rights and should take steps to address and combat harassment. Seek legal assistance to protect your rights and seek compensation for damages caused by workplace sexual harassment.