Sexual harassment complaints rise in Massachusetts - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Sexual harassment complaints rise in Massachusetts

Posted: Updated:
(photo MGN-Online) (photo MGN-Online)

BOSTON (AP) - Sexual harassment complaints are on the rise in Massachusetts, and the head of the commission that investigates them says it's a direct result of the #MeToo movement.

The Boston Herald reports that the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination says it received 54 sexual harassment complaints from Jan. 1 to Feb. 16, triple the 18 it received during the same period in 2017. That's more than one per day.

The commission investigates and prosecutes discrimination complaints, and also offers training.

Sunila Thomas George, the commission's chairwoman, says they expect a record-breaking year, with months and months of higher numbers.

The commission is seeking a $500,000 increase in its budget to bring in more workers, and last week received a $250,000 increase to hire staff when Gov. Charlie Baker signed a supplemental budget.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WGGB/WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.