Category Archives: Harassment

EEOC Issues Proposed Enforcement Guidance of Unlawful Harassment, Seeks Comment

by Amelia J. Holstrom On January 10, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment.  The proposed guidance touches on a number of matters, both new and old. In the majority of the 75-page … Continue reading

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A Perfect Storm?

by Timothy F. Murphy A Nantucket yacht club recently agreed to pay 2.5 million dollars to settle a lawsuit by its former fitness director, alleging that it failed to properly respond to her complaints of sexual harassment by club members … Continue reading

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CHRO 2014-2015 Statistics Reveal Some Concerning Trends

by Amelia J. Holstrom The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) recently released its case statistics for the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which ended on June 30, 2015.  The statistics reveal some concerning trends that Connecticut employers should be … Continue reading

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New CT Law Extends Anti-Harassment and Discrimination Protections to Interns

by Kimberly A. Klimczuk It is common knowledge that employees are entitled to a workplace free from unlawful harassment and discrimination.  It seems logical that interns would be entitled to the same protections; however, most anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws refer … Continue reading

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Non-sexual Incident Is Not an “Anchoring Event”

Claims for hostile work environment harassment generally are subject to a relatively short statute of limitations.  However, there is an exception to the statute of limitations, called the “continuing violation” doctrine, that allows a plaintiff to recover for related discriminatory … Continue reading

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Employees’ Harassment Claims Not Limited to Claims Under 151B

Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 151B protects employees from workplace harassment on the basis of race, sex, religion, and other characteristics protected by that law.  And employers may be under the impression that, unless harassment is based on a protected characteristic, … Continue reading

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U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Include Two Big Wins for Employers

Two long-awaited U.S. Supreme Court decisions have come down that have an impact on employment law.  The first involves the question of who is and who is not a supervisor, which is an important distinction in the determination of employer … Continue reading

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Supreme Court’s Employment Law Docket

The Supreme Court’s 2012-2013 term is well underway, and you may be wondering: will the court hear any important employment law cases that could have ramifications for me or my business?  The following is a summary of the Court’s employment-law-related … Continue reading

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EEOC Continues Its Pursuit of Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claims

Last month we discussed the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) focus on pursuing same-sex sexual harassment claims here.  The trend continues.  On January 22, 2012, the EEOC filed suit against Metro Special Police & Security Services, Inc., a provider of … Continue reading

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$600,000 EEOC Settlement Serves as Reminder to Take All Harassment Complaints Seriously

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently settled its lawsuit against the popular New York eatery, Sparks Steak House, for $600,000.  The complaint alleged that Sparks violated Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act by permitting its male managers … Continue reading

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