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ARTICLE ID 195777

$________ – Age discrimination – Sexually hostile work environment – Plaintiff alleged that she was both discriminated against due to her age and gender and subjected to sexual harassment.

Bristol County, MA

In this matter, the female plaintiff alleged that she was discriminated against due to her age, and subjected to sexual harassment by her male coworkers. The plaintiff alleged that due to the treatment she received she was forced to resign her position. The defendant denied the plaintiff’s allegations, and maintained that the plaintiff never made any reports to the defendants.

The female plaintiff, in her 60’s, was hired by the defendant as its business administrator in ________. During her term of employment, the plaintiff alleged that she was discriminated against and subject to sexual harassment by her male coworkers. The plaintiff alleged that the defendant was a male dominated workplace, and the female employees – who were few in number – were treated disparately by the defendant and the male coworkers. The plaintiff cited examples where she was subject to unwanted touching, referred to as "cuntzilla," and subject to other actions, which were sexually harassing. The plaintiff alleged she was paid less based upon her age and gender than male employees. The plaintiff alleged that the continued disparate treatment and sexual harassment resulted in the plaintiff leaving the defendant’s employment. The plaintiff brought a claim against the defendant employer alleging age and gender discrimination, as well as a hostile work environment that all resulted in a constructive discharge. The plaintiff brought a claim against the individual defendant alleging that when she confronted her male supervisor, he physically touched and pushed her away, refusing to acknowledge her complaint and then set about to retaliate against her.

The defendant denied the plaintiff’s claims, and maintained that the plaintiff was not discriminated against and never complained that she was being sexually harassed by male coworkers. The defendant maintained that in her capacity as business administrator, she was the one responsible for sexual harassment training, which she never undertook. The defendant denied the plaintiff’s claims that her complaint was ignored, and she was retaliated against and constructively discharged. The individual defendant denied the incident referred to by the plaintiff and did not retaliate against her.

The matter proceeded to trial.At the conclusion of the trial, the jury deliberated and returned its verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The jury determined that there was an intentional interference with the plaintiff’s employment relationship, and therefore, damages were awarded representing $________ for back and front pay, and $________ for emotional distress.

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