In Massachusetts, the law requires employers to adopt a written policy against sexual harassment. The policy must include, for example, notice to employees that sexual harassment in the workplace is unlawful and that it is unlawful to retaliate against an employee for filing a complaint of sexual harassment. The policy should also assert the employer’s commitment to investigate any complaint of sexual harassment.
Massachusetts employers are also required to provide their sexual harassment policy to employees annually and to all new employees upon hire.
A stand-alone copy of the Massachusetts Non-Harassment and Sexual Harassment Policies (the same policies included with our Basic Employment Policies and Handbook Product) is available on your forms library in the state section. Clients with employees in Massachusetts should distribute the policies and ensure that employees acknowledge receipt of these policies as appropriate.
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