It is illegal for an employer to sexually harass any employee. Both Massachusetts and Federal Law prohibit this type of discrimination.Under Massachusetts Law, “It shall be an unlawful practice: For an employer, personally or through its agents, to sexually harass any employee.” G.L. c. 151B § 4(16A).

Massachusetts defines sexual harassment as “requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when:”


a) submission to or rejection of such advances, requests or conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of employment or as a basis for employment decisions;
b) such advances, requests or conduct have the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s work performance by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment.

G.L. c. 151B § 1(18).

An individual should be able to work in an environment free of sexual harassment. There are a number of damages that an employee can seek from an employer for committing sexual harassment; however, due to the statute of limitations, time is of the essence.

If you have been subjected to Sexual Harassment, make sure you get the representation you deserve by contacting The Law Office of Barry J. Bisson today.