November 28, 2017

A 2013 lawsuit filed by a former high level employee of the Plymouth County District Attorney's Office recently settled and made it into the news. The case provides yet another example of how an employment law case can play out, so I wanted to write up some of the particular facts here for those employees who are looking to understand how employment litigation works. 

A former Assistant District A...

March 31, 2017

A new study out from Pew provides some insights about Americans' caregiving as relates to their jobs. 

Some of the findings: 

  • About one-in-four Americans (23%) say they have taken leave from work to care for a family member with a serious health condition. 

  • Four-in-ten of the family-leave takers, however, say they took less time off than they needed or wanted to.

  • 60% of those who took fami...

March 23, 2017

Is your Massachusetts employer showing you the door while providing you with a severance agreement to consider?

It is advisable to go over it with an employment lawyer so that she can review the implications of each provision with you, as well as identify what is there and what also might not be there.

Below are eight things to consider when thinking about signing a severance agreement. Note that t...

February 9, 2017

I don't write about my own clients for obvious reasons. The recent news stories about retaliation against whistle-blowing Wells Fargo employees, however, caught my attention because they are so similar to the stories of the employees I represent.

Workers in this CNN video reported being required to meet unreasonable performance standards by Wells Fargo. These standards were not only unrealist...

December 20, 2016

"The federal employment discrimination laws depend on the willingness of employees and applicants to challenge discrimination without fear of punishment. Individuals rely on the statutory prohibitions against retaliation, also known as "reprisal," when they complain to an employer about an alleged equal employment opportunity (EEO) violation, provide information as a witness in a company or agency inv...

November 1, 2016

I've been speaking with a lot of people recently who have been subject to retaliation resulting from their whistle-blowing activities. The question of whether there are legal protections for that whistle-blowing activity, and against the resulting retaliation, is, like many employment law matters, complicated.

While employees in the private sector have some range of specific protections in this re...

September 15, 2016

I do not go into detail about my client's cases here for obvious reasons. But a recent NPR story about retaliation and bullying in the workplace provides 

examples of the very types of workplace situations I help with on a regular basis.  

[T]here are those, like Lorraine Segal, whose cases never result in a [legal] filing. Segal gave up her tenured professorship at a community college teachin...

July 1, 2016

One year ago, on July 1, 2015, the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law went into effect. As of July 1, 2015 (or if you started work after that, on your first date of work) Massachusetts employees began to earn sick time. The law mandates that an employee can earn up to 40 hours in a year. And once earned (or "accrued") an employee must be able to use those earned hours for certain purposes. T...

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...

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...

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