Massachusetts Court Restores $500k Punitive Damages Award for Employer’s Failure to Address Sexual Harassment Complaints

gavelThe Massachusetts Supreme Court recently restored a $500,000 punitive damages award after it was determined that the plaintiff’s employer, a local car dealership, failed to properly address reports of sexual harassment. The National Law Review defines punitive damage exposure as “present as soon as an employer knew or should have known about sexually harassing conduct in the workplace”. The National Law Review encourages all employers to investigate all harassment complaints in an unbiased matter, take prompt and effective remedial action if the complaint proves to be true, and to train all managers and supervisors on sexual harassment awareness and prevention.

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