Practice Areas

Labor and Employment

 

Employment is among the most expansive, complex and mercurial areas of the law, with ever-changing federal and state statutes, local ordinances and regulations, and new judicial decisions affecting the workplace on a constant basis. Practitioners must be abreast of and vigilant as to these changes, maintaining a deep understanding of the underlying laws and decisions and how they affect both our clients and the counsel we provide. Firm attorneys recognize that every employment case is unique, and utilize a triage approach to identify a client’s goals, resources, and ideal resolution. Firm attorneys then work to develop a strategy designed to achieve maximum results in the timeliest fashion. In some circumstances, an early settlement is advisable, in others a judicial verdict is recommended (and all points in between). Alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation or arbitration, is often the best and most cost-effective approach.


When litigation becomes necessary, firm attorneys are aggressive, with the benefit of years of experience prosecuting and defending claims in state and federal court, as well as in administrative tribunals such as those of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Division of Unemployment Assistance, the Industrial Accidents Board, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Firm attorneys are versed in claims involving wrongful discharge, sexual harassment, discrimination (age, gender, handicap, national origin, and sexual orientation), breach of contract, enforcement of non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, as well as violations of the following state and federal statutes:


  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 621 et seq.
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • Sections 1981 through 1988 of Title 42 of the United States Code
  • The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”)
  • The Immigration Reform and Control Act
  • The Family Medical Leave Act
  • The National Labor Relations Act
  • The Civil Rights Act of 1991
  • The Equal Pay Act of 1963
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990
  • The Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
  • The Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • The Massachusetts Law Against Discrimination, G.L. c. 151B
  • The Massachusetts Privacy Statute, G.L. c. 214, § 1B
  • The Massachusetts Wage Payment Statute, G.L. c. 149, § 148 et seq.
  • The Massachusetts Consumer Protection Act, G.L. c. 93A
  • The Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, G.L. c. 12, § 11
  • The Massachusetts Equal Rights Act, G.L. c. 93
  • The Massachusetts Healthcare Providers Protection Act, G.L. c. 149, § 187

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