Sexual Harassment in the Hospitality Industry

Have you experienced Sexual Harassment working at a restaurant or hotel? If you have experienced sexual harassment in the hospitality industry in Massachusetts, then you have legal rights under Massachusetts law.

The hospitality industry encompasses a wide range of careers. In restaurants, front of the house employees include servers, food runners, hosts, bartenders, and barbacks Restaurants may also hire catering waitstaff and banquet servers to work at events. Restaurant employees may be subjected to sexual harassment from managers and supervisors or co-workers. It can feel hard to speak up about harassment if the harasser is a manager or supervisor who controls your schedule and paycheck.

Employees who work in the fast-paced and challenging environment of a restaurant kitchen may also be subjected to sexual harassment. These employees include line cooks, prep cooks and dishwashers. Our firm represents employees in restaurants, as well as hotel employees. Hotel employees may work in reception, as hosts, or cleaning staff.

Sexual harassment in the hospitality industry can come in many forms. Hostile work environment sexual harassment can include a supervisor or co-workers sending graphic text messages, memes or photographs on a cell phone. It can be sexual comments, gossip, or inappropriate sexual questions about your personal life. It can include a supervisor or co-worker inappropriately touching or groping you or requesting sexual favors. If you have experienced sexual harassment within the hospitality industry, it is not something you have to suffer on your own. Our attorneys can help.

Retaliation is a separate claim. If you’ve complained about sexual harassment in the workplace, and your manager or supervisor retaliated against you, you may also have a claim. Retaliation can include denial of a promotion, a demotion, a transfer to a less favorable location, or termination of your employment.

It’s important to contact an attorney as soon as possible if you have experienced sexual harassment as an employee working in a restaurant or hotel in Massachusetts. There are short time frames for these types of claims. If you delay, you may lose your rights.

At Maura Greene Law Group, we have counseled and successfully represented many people experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace, including restaurant and hotel workers. We can help you resolve a complicated situation and advocate for fair compensation for workplace sexual harassment you have experienced. Please contact us for a confidential assessment of your case at 617-936-1580 or email at

The Not So Fine Print:
Every case has its own unique facts. Before you take any action, you should contact an employment lawyer and get advice on your own situation. We can’t provide legal advice here and this isn’t intended as legal advice. Keep in mind that it is best, if possible, to establish a relationship with an attorney before a workplace issue turns into a full-blown crisis.