Employers must maintain a sexual harassment policy that they distribute
annually to all employees. Employers should have effective procedures in place to enable an employee to complain of sexual harassment or retaliation without having to complain to the
When harassment or retaliation has occurred, the employer must take prompt and effective corrective action designed to:
do whatever is necessary to end the harassment or retaliation,
restore lost employment benefits and opportunities,
prevent the misconduct from recurring, and
Disciplinary action against the offending person, ranging from reprimand to discharge, may be necessary. Generally, the corrective action should reflect the severity of the conduct.
Filing a Complaint
If you believe you have been the victim of sexual harassment or retaliation, contact the MCAD immediately because, in most circumstances, you must file a charge at the MCAD within 300 days of the alleged discriminatory action.
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