The Massachusetts Trial Court is committed to the prevention and elimination of discrimination and harassment in the courts. To further this commitment, the Trial Court has established the Office of Workplace Rights and Compliance works with judges, elected and appointed officials, managers, supervisors, employees, non-court employees who work in or have business with the court, members of the public who use court facilities, vendors and contractors, to create a Trial Court free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and retaliation regardless of race, color, national origin, ancestry, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, disability, mental illness, military service or veteran status, genetics, and/or other protected characteristics.
Goals of the OWRC
The Office of Workplace Rights & Compliance strives to:
- listen to concerns, questions, and complaints while working with those persons to stop, remedy, and prevent reoccurrence of these issues;
- monitor inquiries and investigations to inform prevention education and cultivate a Trial Court free of discrimination, harassment, and other barriers;
- educate about how to identify, report, and prevent discrimination, harassment, and retaliation;
- ensure accessibility to all programs, activities, and opportunities for all, including those with physical and mental disabilities.
When to contact us
If you experience any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, you may contact our office to:
- speak about any issue or concern and learn more about the possible procedures you may want to consider;
- discuss whether a general inquiry or a full investigation may be warranted;
- determine whether you would like to remain anonymous while pursuing your complaint;
- understand your options and rights if you may only want support and access to resources, supportive measures, and other possible accommodations.
Specifically, our office will address any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, or need for accommodations. To assist with this discussion, view the current legally-defined protected classes.
How to reach us
We are here to help!
Please call, email, arrange for a meeting and:
Talk through issues and concerns
Assist with accommodation requests
Determine if informal resolution might be an option
Explore the options and learn about the process
- Decide if you prefer to proceed anonymously
Contact us using the OWRC hotline at (617) 878-0411
File with us via the Complaint Form.
The OWRC Team
Margaret Peterson Pinkham - Director
Cathlin Corbitt - Manager
Ligia Martinez - Manager of Investigations
Danny Soto - Manager of Investigations