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Tri-County Youth Programs, Inc. v. Acting Deputy Director of Division of Employment & Training

Appeals Court of Massachusetts
765 N.E.2d 810 (Mass. App. Ct. 2002)


In 1996, Denise Lawrie began working as a shift manager at a residential facility run by Tri-County Youth Programs, Inc. (Tri-County) (plaintiff) for emotionally troubled adolescents. One day, Lawrie was sexually assaulted by one of Tri-County’s clients. The client was found guilty, placed on two years’ probation, and ordered to stay away from Lawrie. Tri-County agreed to allow the client to remain at the same residential facility where Lawrie worked, although Tri-County was not required to do so. Lawrie resigned because she was dissatisfied by how Tri-County had handled the sexual assault. Lawrie thereafter applied for unemployment benefits with the Division of Employment and Training (Division) (defendant). The Division denied Lawrie unemployment benefits. Lawrie appealed, and a board of review reversed. Tri-County appealed to the state trial court, which affirmed. Tri-County appealed.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Gelinas, J.)

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