DISCRIMINATION & HARASSMENT

Discrimination and harassment can come in many forms—you need experienced legal counsel on your side.

No one should feel afraid when they are at work. If you have been discriminated against or harassed at work, we can help you decide whether to leave your job or bring an action against a current or former employer. No one should be denied access to services or public spaces. If you have been discriminated against because of a disability, we have the experience to help you fight for equal access. No one should feel unsafe at home. If you are being harassed, we can help you obtain a harassment prevention order.

Why Olin Lippiello LLP?

We have years of experience successfully representing people who have dealt with illegal discrimination and harassment, whether at work, through harassment prevention orders, or in places of public accommodation. Our goal is to ensure your rights are protected. We are committed to ensuring fairness and equal civil rights for those who have been disenfranchised. Whether your situation requires counseling, negotiation, or litigation, we will work tirelessly to make sure you are protected at every stage of the legal process.

Discrimination & Harassment

Not sure if your situation warrants a legal response?


While there are some situations that are easy to identify as discrimination or harassment, certain conditions can cause you to question yourself. If there is any part of you that thinks your situation might be the result of discrimination or harassment, call us for a free consultation today. We are fiercely dedicated to protecting your rights.

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How Olin Lippiello LLP can help

As we strive to be a more just and equitable society, we firmly believe that discrimination and harassment cases need to be taken seriously. At Olin Lippiello LLP, we are equally dedicated to fighting false claims that negatively impact our clients and undermine the legitimacy of true discrimination and harassment charges.

As a firm we are committed to fighting legal injustice and dedicated to the protection of civil rights. We are honored to represent the brave individuals who put themselves at the center of a legal battle in order to correct an injustice. Rest assured, whatever your situation, we will go the extra mile to help you when you are feeling most vulnerable.

These are not fights you have to do alone—we are with you. Call us at 413-203-0010 today to talk through your situation with a knowledgeable attorney who has a track record of success.

Major Areas of Discrimination and Harassment Law—and What You Need to Know


Harassed individuals are very vulnerable. You feel like you have nowhere to turn. In addition, the laws are confusing and many have strict time limits for bringing a claim. If you believe you have been harassed at work, give us a call. If your situation involves abuse (or alleged abuse) of a family or household member, we are here for you. We can help if the alleged conduct involves stalking or violence, or even threats of violence. We are here to counsel you about your rights, negotiate a resolution if needed, and litigate your case if all else fails.

Sexual harassment against women and men is the most common form of unlawful harassment—from unwanted verbal or physical conduct or being subjected to sexually offensive behavior that creates a hostile environment. Illegal sexual conduct ranges from comments about a person’s body or questions about someone’s personal relationships to inappropriate touching and requests for sex. Sexual harassment can impact an individual’s work performance and can create an intimidating, offensive, and hostile work environment.

Lots of discrimination, or unequal treatment, is illegal. This can include discrimination based on gender, age, race, ability, ethnicity, religion, national origin, veterans status, sexual orientation, and pregnancy. Sometimes discrimination can be proven through “smoking gun” evidence. Often, however, no such evidence exists. Rather, you might be discriminated against–either at work or in places of public accommodation–because of implicit bias. To be sure, deep-rooted prejudices at work or in other public places are often difficult to prove. The law, however, forbids such discrimination.

At Olin Lippiello LLP, we have decades of experience helping clients understand their rights and responsibilities when it comes to both explicit and implicit discrimination. We have counseled many employees and other individuals and been involved in numerous discrimination lawsuits. If you feel you have been discriminated against at work, in your application for a job, or in a place of public accommodation, give us a call. As a client, we will help you understand your rights and work with you to form a plan to address your particular situation.

In Massachusetts, the law protects heterosexual, gay, lesbian, transgender, transsexual, queer and other classifications of orientation from differential treatment because of status. The law provides damages in situations where status or orientation has played a motivating factor in an adverse employment or certain other decisions. The law also protects against discrimination or harassment due to an individual’s status or orientation.

If you feel that you have been (or are being) discriminated against or harassed on the basis of your status, the lawyers at Olin Lippiello LLP can help you understand your rights. We are experienced in handling all types of discrimination claims, including those within the LBGTQ community. In particular, Attorney Lisa Lippiello’s practice is growing within the transgender community with many clients seeking her steadfast commitment to equality and fairness.

The laws affecting the LGBTQ community are ever changing.

If you feel you are being harassed or persecuted due to your status or orientation, it is essential to discuss your rights and protections under the law with an experienced attorney. We can help.

We can help.

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With limited exceptions, Massachusetts employers with six or more employees are prohibited from discriminating against current and prospective employees based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, and military status. In addition, Massachusetts employers have an affirmative responsibility to provide maternity leave to biological and adoptive parents. Furthermore, Massachusetts Law prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation and when obtaining certain services.

There are also a number of federal (United States) laws that protect against illegal discrimination and harassment. For example, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”) protects against many forms of discrimination and harassment in employment. In addition, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (“ADEA”) protects against discrimination on the basis of age, and various provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) can be invoked if you have been not reasonably accommodated or denied access to services or places on the basis of certain physical or mental conditions.

Outside the employment context, Massachusetts courts provide avenues to address harassment. Depending on the severity of the harassment, you may be entitled to a Harassment Prevention Order. Moreover, if you are being abused or threatened by a member or former member of your household or family or someone you have been dating, you may be granted a Restraining Order (commonly referred to as a 209A protective order) against that person.