I was employed as a contract employee with a Boston firm for a little over a year until recently when I received an email from my supervisor informing me that in two days my contract would terminate. The reasoning given in his email was “due to the fact that we have participated in inappropriate behavior…” The “we” is referring to him and me.The following is the exact wording from a contract with a firm I was recently fired fromContract Termination: Upon client request, poor performance, or bad behavior this contract may be canceled by providing one month notice to the employee.Disputes: Any disputes arising from this contract shall be resolved in the Massachusetts, USA Courts of Law.This email came after months of my supervisor (a company officer) making unwelcomed sexual advances both verbally, and through email (which I have copies of). When some details of his behavior were exposed he sent me an email informing me that my contract would be terminated in two days.My questions are:Based on the above do I have a case for wrongful termination, if so what should be my next steps?Do I have the grounds for sexual harassment, if so how do I go about filing?
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Thank you for this answer, it was very helpful. To file a claim with eeoc should I hire an attorney to file it on my behalf or di I file it then get an attorney?
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