Mass. court to hear appeal in sex harassment case

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The highest court in Massachusetts is set to hear an appeal of a $1.85 million award in a sexual harassment and discrimination suit filed by a former Somerset highway department employee.

During her 2007 trial, Kim Pelletier said she was touched inappropriately on the job and subjected to viewing pornographic pictures and movies at the Highway Department’s building.

She said her numerous complaints were ignored.

The $1.85 million jury award was reduced to $300,000 by a judge, then increased to $600,000.

Pelletier notified the court she would accept the $600,000, but the town later appealed and Pelletier withdrew her acceptance. She’s now seeking the original jury award.

The Supreme Judicial Court will hear arguments in the case Wednesday.

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