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What the EEOC may do to help workers

Individuals in Massachusetts who have been harassed or discriminated against at work may be able to file a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). If a claim is successful, a person may be able to obtain financial compensation as well as reinstatement to a position. Individuals who were bypassed for a job could be entitled to that position or a similar one. Similar positions are those that have mostly the same duties or responsibilities as those an individual lost out on.

It is permissible for a business to oust the individual who currently holds a position in favor of the employee who was the victim of discrimination. Companies could be required to take other action to ensure that harassment or discrimination will not occur again in the future. Those actions could include providing training for all current employees or managers or providing assurances that the illegal behavior will not continue.

Employers may also be required to let employees know about their rights under the law. Workers who are wrongfully terminated from their positions may be responsible for mitigating any financial losses that they incur. In other words, workers are generally expected to make a good faith effort to find a new place of employment. In most cases, individuals can keep any unemployment benefits received in addition to other compensation awarded in their cases.

With the help of Boston, Massachusetts employee discrimination attorneys, it may be easier to file a discrimination claim against a company. An attorney may present evidence in a case such as the odd timing of negative performance reviews to bolster a person's chances of obtaining a favorable outcome. Negative remarks by managers or derogatory statements by colleagues might also show that an individual was subject to a hostile working environment.

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