During the recession many companies in Massachusetts have been laying off or firing employees who are older workers. Employees who have been let go are often concerned that their employer may have violated Massachusetts or federal age discrimination laws.
Laws, including Massachusetts General Laws 151B and the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), provide . . . → Read More: Age Discrimination Claims in Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, (“MCAD”) has found in favor of Lulu Sun, an Associate professor of English, on her claim that her employer, the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth denied her a promotion to full professor on the basis of her gender, race and Chinese ancestry (gender and racial discrimination). The hearing officer considered whether . . . → Read More: MCAD Orders Promotion of Professor in Racial and Gender Discrimination and Retaliation Case
On Tuesday, January 25th at noon I will present on what you need to know about severance agreements at the Boston Society of Architects for the Admistration and HR Group. We’ll discuss when it is appropriate to use severance agreements, what terms are typically negotiated, and what needs to be in the agreement in order . . . → Read More: Upcoming Presentation on Severance Agreements
The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in a decision dated December 22, 2010, found in favor of a white heavy equipment operator named Eric Grzych on his complaint that his Caucasian boss, Vincent Iuliano, racially harassed him on the basis of his association with his fiancee, a black woman of Jamaican national origin. Mr. Grzych complained . . . → Read More: MCAD Finds White Boss Liable for Racial Harassment Against White Employee In “Associational Discrimination” Case
Although not widely known among employers, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) has a testing program that is designed to test, gather data and make recommendations to initiate claims of discriminatory hiring practices. The MCAD uses “Paired Testing” whereby two job candidates who are matched in credentials, except for some characteristic such as age, race . . . → Read More: MCAD’s Testing Program Targets Discriminatory Hiring Practices
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in an August decision in Global Naps, Inc. v. Awiszus decided that a female employee who was absent from work for more than eight weeks was not entitled to the protections of the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA). Although this story has been widely reported in the media, the purpose . . . → Read More: Supreme Judicial Court Interprets Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act (MMLA)
Welcome and thank you for visiting our employment blog. Check back often for updates on employment cases of interest, changes in statutes and regulations, and reports on best practices in employment in Massachusetts. We don’t give legal advice here, because employment matters are fact specific and each case is different. We do hope you find . . . → Read More: Welcome to the Boston, Massachusetts Employment Law Blog