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Sexual Harassment Laws in Massachusetts

  • Workplace sexual harassment is against the law in Massachusetts. If you think you’ve been sexually harassed in your Massachusetts place of work, you may be entitled to monetary damages.


    Sexual Harassment Defined

    Sexual harassment in Massachusetts is defined as sexual advances, including requests for sexual favors or conduct of a sexual nature when any of the following apply:

    • Submission to the sexual advances is set forth, explicitly or implicitly, as a term of employment
    • The advances, requests, or behaviors create a hostile, sexually offensive, or intimidating work environment and could be seen to reasonably interfere with a person’s job performance


    Proving Sexual Harassment

    If you’ve been the victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, you will need to prove the following:

    • You were the victim of sexually demeaning conduct
    • That conduct was unwelcome and offensive
    • The conduct was bad enough to alter the terms of employment and create an abusive work environment
    • The employer knew or should have known about the harassment and failed to take prompt action to remedy the situation

    In past sexual harassment cases in Massachusetts, it’s been found that the sexual harassment was so bad that courts found a reasonable person would have been compelled to resign the position.

    Because sexual harassment can affect you for the rest of your life, it’s crucial that you seek compensation to manage some of the damages that you have experienced as a result.

    If you’re found to have been the victim of sexual harassment, you may be entitled to monetary damages to make up for your emotional distress and lost wages for some period following the termination of your employment.


    Experienced Sexual Harassment Lawyers in Boston 

    Sexual harassment is a serious matter that requires the assistance of an experienced legal team. You don’t have to attempt navigating a difficult process alone.

    If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, the attorneys of Joel H. Schwartz, PC can help you get justice. Call for a consultation at 1-800-660-2270 or complete the form on our website today