Hostile Work Environment

Massachusetts General Laws chapter 151B defines “hostile work environment” harassment as:

sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when . . . 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.

In a hostile work environment case, the complainant must prove:

  • she was subjected to conduct of a sexual nature;
  • the conduct of a sexual nature was unwelcome;
  • the conduct of a sexual nature had the purpose or effect of creating
  • an intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive work environment; and
  • the conduct unreasonably interfered with complainant’s work performance or altered the terms and conditions of the complainant’s employment.

For a free consultation regarding discrimination in the workplace, please call Considine & Furey, LLP at 617-723-7200.

Posted by Mark D. Donovan, Esq.

 

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