A sexual harassment complaint begets charges of witness manipulation

In 1996, an employee of the Ludlow Boys & Girls Club told the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) that she was fired after complaining that she had been sexually harassed by Representative Thomas M. Petrolati. The commission later found that she was fired for professional mistakes, and Petrolati said he only wanted her political support. But as the MCAD investigation was underway, Petrolati used his influence with the Probation Department to try to manipulate a witness, according to a source familiar with testimony received by the special counsel investigating the troubled agency.

View the complaint filed with the MCAD and the commission's finding below.