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Sexual Harassment

Massachusetts law forbids sexual harassment discrimination in the workplace. There are 2 types of sexual harassment: "Hostile Work Environment" harassment and "Quid Pro Quo" Harassment" - which may occur separately or together.

Like many of the clients that we have successfully helped to secure relief and financial compensation, you may be a victim of an unlawful Sexually Hostile Work Environment if you have been subjected to:

  • unwelcome sexual advances or requests for sexual favors, or
  • other offensive verbal OR physical sexual conduct
  • which unreasonably interferes with your work performance
  • and creates an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment for you.

Examples:

  • sexual language "jokes" or gossip
  • sexual comments; requests for sex;
  • displaying sexually suggestive pictures and objects
  • comments about sex lives
  • staring/leering at your body in a sexually intimidating manner;
  • whistling, or sexual gestures;
  • inappropriate touching;
  • inappropriate comments about your body, appearance, or clothing, etc.

Like many of the clients that we have successfully helped to secure relief and financial compensation, you may be a victim of unlawful Quid Pro Quo Sexual Harassment, if you have been subjected to:

  • unwelcome sexual advances or
  • requests for sexual favors or
  • other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
  • to which you have submitted in fear that you must do so or else you will suffer some adverse action by your employer, such as firing, discipline, denial of promotion, raises; giving you bad evaluations or work assignments, etc. OR
  • you have refused to submit and your employer has held it against you by taking adverse action such as firing, discipline, denial of promotion, raises, work assignments, evaluations, etc.

Examples:

  • an employee with authority or control over your work offers you a work benefit or advantage in exchange for your granting sexual favors, OR
  • you are denied a work benefit or advantage due to your rejection of requests for sexual favors.

Our experienced discrimination lawyers are available to help protect your rights and fight back against the unjust actions of your employer. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation.

Lowrie & Andrew Attorneys at Law is located in the quaint historic district of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Our firm provides employment law representation to clients throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and the South Coast including those from New Bedford, Fall River, Taunton, Cape Cod, Fairhaven, Acushnet, Dartmouth, Westport, Mattapoisett, Marion, Rochester, Lakeville, Freetown, Wareham, Rehoboth, Raynham, Somerset, Swansea, Seekonk, Norton, Dighton, Mansfield, Attleboro, North Attleboro, Assonet, Bridgewater, Easton, Middleboro, Middleborough, Plymouth, Brockton and throughout Norfolk County, Bristol County and Plymouth County.

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