Category Archives: Employment Discrimination

Massachusetts Enacts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On July 27, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker signed the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”).  Historically, courts have struggled with the issue of whether pregnancy is a “disability” that must be accommodated under the Americans with Disabilities Act (the “ADA”) … Continue reading

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Massachusetts High Court Recognizes Employee Right of Qualified Medical Marijuana Users To Allege Handicap Discrimination For Off-Site Use of Medicinal Marijuana

In a long-awaited decision, the highest court in Massachusetts – the Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) – ruled today in Cristina Barbuto v. Advantage Sales & Marketing, LLC, et al. that an employee who used medical marijuana to treat a debilitating … Continue reading

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EEOC Publishes Proposed Guidance on Unlawful Employee Harassment

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) recently published proposed enforcement guidance regarding unlawful harassment in the workplace.  The proposed guidance, if adopted, would substantially update the EEOC’s current guidance, which only addresses sexual harassment (and which went into effect in … Continue reading

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The Moral of the Story: Playing Doctor is not a Human Resources’ Function

When an employee presents with an illness or injury and seeks leave or an accommodation, there is an unfortunate temptation for the manager or human resources professional to assume the guise of a medical practitioner and diagnose the legitimacy of … Continue reading

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Is a “Love Contract” Right for Your Office Lovebirds?

Is love in the air at your office? Unfortunately, such romances can become nightmares for employers, as workplace romances can lead to accusations of unfair treatment, sexual harassment, retaliation, and even workplace violence. For these reasons, employers may wish to … Continue reading

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EEOC Releases 2016 Enforcement & Litigation Statistics

As many employers are aware, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is a federal agency tasked with enforcing certain federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and/or genetic information.  The EEOC … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Enacts Robust Pay Equity Act

On August 1, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Act to Establish Pay Equity (the “Pay Equity Act”), which will go into effect on July 1, 2018 for all Massachusetts employers.  The Pay Equity Act, which amends and … Continue reading

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