My supervisor has sexually harassed me on multiple occasions. He has also verbally harassed me almost on a daily basis at work. I went and spoke to HR and they are "looking into it."
So sorry to hear. You should definitely speak to a lawyer. I would ask you many questions to flush this out to more fully respond.
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You should contact a lawyer immediately for a free consultation. Many of us who post on here offer them or you can use the find a lawyer tool on avvo. You should not be subjected to such behavior in the work place.
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As my colleagues have suggested you really do need to meet with a sexual harassment lawyer sooner rather than later. During a consultation it will be determined if you meet the standard with sexual harassment in Massachusetts. If you do, most employment lawyers would then send it demand letter to the employer to have the conduct stopped and to make demand for damages on your behalf. One of the key factors is to remember that in Massachusetts sexual harassment has a very short stature of limitations only three hundred days.
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It is good to have spoken to HR about it, because that will bolster your case in terms of your timely objection to such conduct and likely to have followed the employer's grievance procedure (as described in their Employee Handbook) about sexual harassment. It is common practice for HR to investigate "look into it" because not doing so, will expose them to clear liability. It is what comes next of more importance. You will be able to better document your case, by tracking all that's been said and done verbally, by email or otherwise, including witnesses thereof, and at the times they occurred.
You should call an attorney immediately to request a free consultation. There are very stringent time constraints on your ability to bring a claim against an employer (i.e. 300 days from the last discriminatory act). Also, speaking to an attorney now will help you understand your rights and will put you in a position to better advocate for yourself.
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