May 31, 2016

Employment law issues occur in every possible employment scenario... even amongst employment lawyers. The latest case from the Supreme Judicial Court, Verdrager v Mintz, Levin, involves an employment lawyer who alleged she was demoted, and later terminated, from her law firm employer due to illegal sex discrimination (a/k/a gender discrimination, and including pregnancy discrimination) and retali...

May 3, 2016

I often write about cases here. I wanted to take a moment to explain why. 

Courts decide cases every day. Sometimes, along with the decision, the court writes an opinion to explain a decision. It is written by a judge. In print, they fill massive tomes such as the ones displayed here. 

Lawyers read and research cases because they often provide interpretations of statutes (laws passed by the legisla...

April 1, 2016

The question of whether one is an employee or independent contractor can be a complicated one. I have defended the state independent contractor law in federal courts and enforced it at the state level. Mistakenly classifying an employee as an independent contractor when legally he or she should be treated an an employee is called "misclassification" and can be subject to civil or criminal penalties, s...

February 29, 2016

Courts and lawyers try to grapple with employment discrimination law through a series of frameworks and analytical tools. This leap-day caseBulwer v. Mount Auburn Hospital, 473 Mass. 672 (2016), provides me the opportunity to get into the weeds a little bit as to these frameworks.  

I will try to use as much non-legalese as possible, though invariably, I may lapse into it. Please forgive me in a...

February 4, 2016

... So, the employee tried to take matters into his own hands and protect himself. Unfortunately, in doing so, he breached his employment contract. His employer sued him, and eight years of employment litigation later....

Let's start by affirming that eight years of litigation is generally not an optimal experience for anyone. 


What happened eight years before EventMonitor, Inc. vs....

January 30, 2016

Since one case went very badly for lunch ladies in Everett in the 1990s, advocates have been trying to tighten up the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act, M.G.L. c. 149, s 105A, a statute, among others, I used to be responsible for enforcing.  

In the Everett case, female school cafeteria workers (a/k/a "lunch ladies") sued under the Equal Pay Act arguing that the male school janitors made more for compar...

May 1, 2015

As a virtual law practice, Doorways is premised on the ability to bring excellent legal counsel, coaching and advice conveniently and efficiently to Massachusetts employees and employer through technology.

Richard Susskind, in Tomorrow's Lawyers (2013: Oxford University Press) wrote: 

It is not that computer systems will replace all legal work by, say, 2020. Of course not. But around that time and from...

January 1, 2015

The facts relating to the wrongful termination of Mr. Fernandes from the Attleboro Housing Authority are unfortunately common -- and also pretty simple.  Mr. Fernandes filed a “Non-Payment of Wage and Workplace Complaint Form” with the Attorney General's Office alleging he was being underpaid in his position. He then told his supervisor that he filed the complaint and requested certain pay records. On...

December 16, 2014

Since the drafting of the US Constitution, the intersection of religion, constitutional rights and civil legal obligations has been a source of tension. These issues recently came to a head in an employment case out of Fontbonne Academy in Milton.

Fontbonne, a Catholic high school for girls, unwittingly agreed to hire a gay man, Mr. Barrett, as its food service director. Mr. Barrett was married, and wh...

Please reload

Search By Tags

Doorways Employment Law, LLC, is currently a virtual practice and generally serves individuals across Massachusetts, including Suffolk, Middlesex and Worcester counties. 

Disclaimer  © 2020 by Doorways Employment Law, LLC.