EEO - Harassment: Massachusetts
Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.
Author: Daniel J. Blake, Justin M. Sheldon, LeClairRyan
- The Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Law prohibits sexual harassment. See Harassment Under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Law.
- In order to file a claim for sexual harassment, a complaint must generally file a claim with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. See Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
- Massachusetts requires employers to have a sexual harassment policy in place and strongly encourages sexual harassment training. See Sexual Harassment Policy and Training.
- Employers are more vulnerable to liability under Massachusetts law than they are under Title VII because a key defense available to employers facing a Title VII action is not available to employers facing a sexual harassment claim brought under state law. See Employer Defenses.
- Boston has requirements pertaining to harassment. See Local Requirements.