Springfield, MA Employment Law & Sexual Harassment Attorneys Defend You in the Workplace
Empowering employees to stand up for their rights
It can be frightening to stand up to your employer for your wage and hour rights, especially if your employer is a large corporation. At O’Connell & Plumb, P.C., we establish that you have a case. We support you through this difficult time and work hard to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. We have more than 70 years of combined experience assisting clients in and around Springfield with cases involving:
Fair evaluation of job candidates
The 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed with the goal of eliminating employment discrimination. All employees should be evaluated based on how they do their jobs without regard to the following:
Have you been sexually harassed at work?
Sexual harassment in Massachusetts workplaces can take different forms. In Massachusetts, workplace harassment is a serious issue and can leave those affected feeling upset, humiliated and violated. Under sexual harassment law, anyone can be a victim of sex harassment — both men and women can be targeted, and men and women can both violate proper conduct in workplaces. You may endure harassment from a boss or coworker of the opposite or same sex.
If you think you may be suffering from workplace harassment, there are several steps you can take:
- Make sure you are clear that the behaviors, such as unsolicited come-ons, offensive jokes or other sexual advances, are unwanted and that you wish them to stop.
- Make sure your employer is aware you feel harassed. This may include speaking with a superior (or a superior of the harasser), filing a written or verbal complaint or consulting with the human resources department. In cases where there is no one to whom you feel comfortable reporting the behavior, we can help you determine the appropriate actions to take.
- Try to maintain a record of the acts of workplace harassment. Include as much detail as possible about interactions that made you uncomfortable, objects or pictures you received or other evidence of harassment. Examples include:
- A journal of any interactions, such as requests for dates or sex, jokes that were told or inappropriate touching. Include the date and time, what was said or what occurred and who was present.
- Any objects or pictures you might have been given that are harassing in nature or that made you feel uncomfortable. This might include unwanted gifts, cards or material that is explicit in nature.
- Copies of any other types of communication through which you felt sexually harassed. This may include emails, phone messages or even handwritten notes. Keep a copy of these things on a personal drive or file so that they cannot be deleted via a workplace server.
Employment and sexual harassment attorneys in Springfield ready to help you
O’Connell & Plumb, P.C. protects your rights in the workplace. Call our office at 413.733.9111 or contact us online to schedule your consultation.