Sinsheimer & Associates Prevails against Massachusetts State Police Motion to Dismiss

Mar 12, 2017

On March 24, 2017, Suffolk Superior Court Judge, Edward P. Leibensperger, denied Defendants, Massachusetts State Police and Kevin Buckley’s, motions to dismiss.  The court ruled that Plaintiff, Daralyn Heywood’s claims for sexual harassment and retaliation could go forward.

Sgt. Heywood was subjected to lewd and sexually suggestive comments by her supervisor, Lieutenant Kevin Buckley.  After Heywood raised concerns with Buckley about his alleged inappropriate sexual harassment, he undermined her authority with other MSP troopers, transferred her to the midnight shift, and denied her training opportunities.  Heywood also alleges that the subsequent investigation by the Massachusetts State Police was conducted to cover-up Buckley’s malfeasance.

Heywood’s case was covered by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team. The article can be found on the Boston Globe’s website: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2017/03/12/behind-blue-wall-women-and-minority-troopers-clash-with-state-police-culture/Q2bs8R8142mSuftfnJL6eK/story.html