Case Study 1: Sexual Harassment in Massachusetts Workplace
Steffans Legal settles sexual harassment suit in favor of Massachusetts female employee
In 2014, a female employee approached employment attorney Ben Steffans with complaints of unlawful sexual harassment in violation of Title VII and the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act. This employee suffered from both obvious forms of harassment (unwanted touchings, sexual comments) and less obvious forms (leering, invitations to dinner). This employee was new to her field and reluctant to bring a claim so early in her career, but knew that the harassment was wrong and had created a hostile work environment.
Ben quickly established that the harassment was unlawful by proving that his client was subject to conduct of a sexual nature; that the conduct was unwelcome; that the conduct created an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or sexually offensive work environment; and that the conduct unreasonably interfered with her work performance or altered her employment.
After a number of months contemplating her decision, the employee decided to bring suit. Almost immediately after receiving the suit, the employer requested mediation. After a few hours of mediating, Ben had convinced the employer to pay a significant sum that it insisted be kept confidential. When asked to recount her decision to file suit, that employee stated:
Do you live in Springfield, Pittsfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, the Cape, or New Bedford? Are you being sexually harassed? Contact Steffans Legal today for a free consultation.