Employment Blog

Category: Discrimination

Gavriela M. Bogin-Farber quoted in Law360 article on employment rulings from the latest U.S. Supreme Court term

07/07/2021   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Gavriela M. Bogin-Farber, senior associate in the firm’s Employment Department and president of Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association (MELA), was quoted... Read More »

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Nancy S. Shilepsky and Brian J. MacDonough published in Law360 on the application of the doctrine of the ministerial exception

04/01/2021   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Nancy S. Shilepsky, partner in the firm’s Employment Department, and Brian J. MacDonough, chair of the department, were published in Law360 on March... Read More »

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Discrimination Alert: Most Employees of Religious Institutions Remain Protected, At Least for Now

03/09/2021   |   BY Nancy S. Shilepsky

On March 5, 2021, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts (the SJC), issued a decision that prevents religious institutions from... Read More »

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Brian J. MacDonough published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly on unlawful discrimination in the workplace

03/18/2020   |   BY Sherin and Lodgen

Brian J. MacDonough, chair of the firm’s Employment Department, was published in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) on March 12, 2020.... Read More »

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Sticks and Stones May Break Bones, But Words May Constitute Unlawful Discrimination

02/26/2020   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

In recent months, there have been several news stories about the legal implications of inappropriate and/or offensive language in our... Read More »

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Navigating the Job Interview: Spotting and Responding to Potentially Unlawful Interview Questions

10/01/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and David I. Brody

Largely gone are the days when employers could blatantly make hiring decisions based upon unlawful factors, like the sign in... Read More »

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Cases to Watch: United States Supreme Court to Decide Whether Title VII’s Prohibition against Sex Discrimination Protects LGBTQ Individuals

10/01/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear three cases on October 8, 2019 that will determine whether Title VII’s... Read More »

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“But I Can’t Prove It.” Yes You Can, With Circumstantial Evidence

03/11/2019   |   BY David I. Brody

It is impossible to count the number of times we have heard an employee say, “I know something is wrong... Read More »

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Proposed Changes to the MCAD’s Procedural Regulations

03/11/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) recently released new draft procedural regulations, which aim to substantially overhaul the existing ones... Read More »

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High Court Reinforces Discrimination Is About More Than Money

03/11/2019   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and David I. Brody

Discrimination in the workplace can take many forms and present itself in countless ways. Many people mistakenly believe that discrimination... Read More »

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LEGAL ALERT: Updated Equal Pay Act, Effective July 1, 2018

04/30/2018   |   BY Nancy S. Shilepsky

On July 1, 2018, the new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act takes effect.  The Office of the Attorney General has published... Read More »

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Sexual Misconduct and the Definition of “Cause”

02/15/2018   |   BY Brian J. MacDonough and Nancy S. Shilepsky

The Balles v. Babcock Power Inc. decision sheds light on whether sexual misconduct constitutes “cause” and provides go-forward guidance to... Read More »