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Sexual harassment

Gay slurs against an employee are illegal even if the employee is not homosexual

Massachusetts law is clear that employees should not have to endure a hostile work environment because of their sexual orientation. Comments about a person’s sexual preference are improper. Protection from discrimination extends to employees who are taunted for being gay or called gay slurs even though they are not homosexual. The crux of the issue is not the sexual orientation of the employee, but the homophobic names and harassment that are directed toward the employee. Nothing in the Massachusetts anti-discrimination laws restricts the gender or sexual orientation of targets of sexual harassment.

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Pamela A. Smith
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