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By Michael P. Norton

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, FEB. 13, 2018.....As it responds to a "deluge" of requests for assistance from alleged sexual harassment victims and employers seeking anti-harassment training, the state's anti-discrimination agency is calling on lawmakers to deliver a $500,000 funding increase in next year's budget.

According to testimony delivered in Worcester at a hearing on Gov. Charlie Baker's $40.9 billion state budget proposal, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination's investigators are handling 110 cases on average, compared to 60 cases per investigator in Connecticut, and 35 per investigator in New York.

In addition to gender identity laws approved in 2012 and 2016, agency workers are also trying to uphold protections granted by laws passed between 2014 and 2017 affecting domestic workers, veterans, pregnant workers and employees who take job-protected leave for the birth or adoption of a child.

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