MCAD Digest: Chase-Eason v. Crescent Yacht Club…Employees Win Sexual Harassment Case

Overview: In Chase-Eason v. Crescent Yacht Club, the MCAD found in favor of the Complainants, awarding back pay to one of them and emotional distress damages to both. Complainant Eason was subjected to unwanted touching and vulgar comments that were sufficiently severe to alter the conditions of her employment and create a hostile work environment. Even though she did engage in bawdy banter, she “did not waiver in her efforts to protest the behavior directed against her.” The fact that some harassment occurred when Complainant Eason was off duty did not negate the employee/supervisor relationship.

The hearing officer similarly concluded that Complainant Chase was subjected to unwanted touching and hostile language sufficiently severe to constitute harassment. Both Complainants were entitled to emotional distress damages. Complainant Eason, who was terminated, was also entitled to back pay; Complainant Chase, who quit voluntarily, was not.

Decision Date: May 19, 2016

Docket Number: 12-BEM-02539; 12-BEM-02540

Hearing Officer: Betty E. Waxman

Claims: Sexual harassment and retaliation

Prevailing Party: Complainants

Back Pay: $16,658 (Eason)

Front Pay: $0

Emotional Distress: $10,000 (Eason); $7,000 (Chase)

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