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Sexual Harassment

Seasoned Springfield Lawyer Holds Abusers Accountable for Sexual Harassment

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The laws governing sexual harassment can be complex. Each person may have a different threshold for what constitutes harassment. What one person considers harmless teasing or flirting may be offensive, threatening or frightening to someone else. When this conduct takes place at work, employers don’t always act appropriately. The Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic helps put a halt to it and hold the harasser — and the company — responsible for the misconduct.

Massachusetts sexual harassment law

Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination and is covered under Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws. There are two main categories of sexual harassment:

  • Quid pro quo harassment. This type of harassment exists when sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct becomes the basis for an employment decision or a term or condition of employment. These situations often involve supervisors who offer a benefit, such as a raise or promotion, to a subordinate in return for accepting a sexual demand.
  • Hostile work environment harassment. When sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature unreasonably interfere with your work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment, you may have a hostile work environment claim. On example of this infraction is a co-worker who repeatedly leaves sexually explicit materials on your desk.

Victims and harassers can be of either gender; they can also be the same sex. The perpetrator can be anyone the employee encounters at work — any supervisor, co-worker, client or customer. Harassment can also occur after work hours.

Federal law is similar to Massachusetts law in the protections it offers employees. Additionally, state and federal law prohibits retaliation for reporting sexual harassment. If you have been disciplined or your employer took an adverse action against you for reporting sexual harassment, you need to speak with an attorney who specializes in employment law in order to protect your rights.

What to do if you are subjected to sexual harassment

You may know that the conduct you are facing is wrong, but you may be frightened or unsure what to do about it. If you are subjected to offensive conduct of a sexual nature at work, consider the following options:

  • Talk with the harasser. If you are comfortable doing so, make it clear to the harasser that the conduct must stop. Another co-worker might make the same request. Sometimes, this is all it takes. Your employer, however, cannot require you to speak to the harasser.
  • Check your employee handbook. Each company may have its own reporting rules and investigation process. Make your complaint in writing, and include as many details as possible. You do not have to notify the employer before filing a state or federal claim of harassment.
  • Keep detailed notes. If your case goes to litigation, you will need to document what you and the harasser said and did and when.
  • Seek other potential victims. You may not be alone. Presenting multiple victims strengthens your case.
  • Call an attorney. If the retaliation does not stop, you need legal help from an attorney who understands how to navigate sexual harassment claims.
  • File a claim with the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. In Massachusetts, you have 300 days from the date of harassment to file a claim. These agencies can investigate and take action against the employee and employer. If you want to file a sexual harassment lawsuit, you must first file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC.

Our law firm can counsel you from the first day you suspect you are being harassed. We’ll answer your questions and make sure you follow the right steps to stop the harassment and hold your harasser accountable.

Contact an experienced Springfield attorney for a free consultation about sexual harassment

For more than four decades, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has been a strong advocate for victims of sexual harassment. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 413-301-9124 or contacting us online. Our Springfield, MA law office is near Hampden Superior Court and the Mass Mutual Center. We meet with clients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is an on-site parking garage, and we are easily reached by public transportation.

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  • "I was rendered totally disabled because of a car accident while my car was parked. The other driver’s insurance company has admitted that its insured was at fault but has refused to offer a fair settlement. Attorney Resnic has been aggressive in suing the insurance company for bad faith handling of my claim and is seeking three times my damages plus attorneys’ fees and costs. If you want an attorney that will fight for you, this is the guy. " - TD

  • "Attorney Harold Resnic is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and well-respected. He settled my Workers’ Compensation case for $350,000 when the employer disputed the fact that I even had an accident. He is now suing the people responsible for my injuries so that I can collect damages for my pain and Suffering." - LD

  • "I was seriously hurt in a fall on snow and ice in my employer’s parking lot. Attorney Resnic got me a generous settlement for the Workers’ Compensation claim and for my claim against the building owner and maintenance company for pain and suffering. I highly recommend Attorney Harold Resnic." - DG

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