How do I File a Legal Complaint for Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is considered a form of discrimination. That means you must first file either with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination ("MCAD"). Both agencies have authority to hear discrimination and harassment claims. The main difference is that the EEOC is a federal agency and the MCAD is a state agency. Your claims under federal law and state laws can be brought in either one.
There is a short statute of limitations for discrimination and harassment claims- you have 300 days from the triggering event to file with the EEOC or MCAD.
This can be confusing in sexual harassment cases because often the behavior goes on for a period of time before it becomes clear to you that you should take action. As a general rule, the earlier you consult with an employment attorney the better, to make sure you do not lose the right to make any valid claims.
Learn more here about sexual harassment lawsuits in Massachusetts.
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