What Happens if I am Fired for Reporting Sexual Harassment?
Both Massachusetts and federal law prohibit retaliation for making a good faith report of sexual harassment in the workplace.
"Retaliation" is any decision that negatively affects your employment- it can be termination, but it can also be discipline, a transfer to a less desirable department or position, or a change in hours. Sometimes the employer makes changes, like a transfer or a change in hours, as a way to separate your harasser from you in the workplace. If that is the case, any negative consequences of that change should not fall on you.
You are also protected from retaliation even if your employer concludes that there was not actionable harassment, so long as you had a good faith belief that the behavior was unlawful when you made the report.
Learn more here about retaliation under the anti-discrimination laws.
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