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Massachusetts Passes Law that Increases Workplace Protections for Pregnant Employees

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On July 27, 2017, the Massachusetts legislature signed The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), which will take effect on April 1, 2018. The PWFA amends Massachusetts’ discrimination statute (MGL c. 151B) to prohibit ...

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Pregnant Women Are Protected from Discrimination at Work

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In Massachusetts, pregnant women are considered members of a protected class under anti-discrimination laws. Because pregnancy is linked to sex, discrimination based on pregnancy is considered a form of sex discrimination ...

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Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act

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Although having a baby is an exciting time in many people’s lives, it is not uncommon for employees to struggle with how to tell an employer that they are expecting. Employees are often concerned with how they will be ...

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Family Medical Leave Act

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Many employees face the challenge of balancing the demands of their job with the need to care for their family. The Family Medical Leave Act, or FMLA, was created in order to help employees who find themselves in this ...

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MA Court Upholds School’s Right to Fire a Teacher for “Joking” About Sex with a Student

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Teacher Fired for Sexual Harassment In a decision which strengthens the ability of public school administrators to discipline teachers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has upheld the right of a school superintendent ...

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Types of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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Two Types of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace When considering the possibility of pursuing a sexual harassment claim against an employer, it is important to determine what type of claim you may have. Sexual harassment ...

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

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In Massachusetts, sexual harassment is recognized as a form of discrimination based on sex and is strictly prohibited in the workplace. Sexual harassment can take many forms and occur at varying levels of intensity. Instances ...

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When an Employee Cannot Be Fired: Exceptions to the At-Will Employment Rule

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As we discussed in a previous blog post, most jobs in Massachusetts are categorized as at-will employment. This general rule means that employers or employees may terminate their relationship for any cause, or no cause at ...

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At-Will Employment Law in Massachusetts

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In our practice, we often speak with individuals who have been terminated from employment and are seeking legal recourse. Unfortunately for many individuals who find themselves in this situation, most jobs in Massachusetts ...

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Using Background Information in the Hiring Process: Credit Checks and School Records

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Employment Background Credit Checks As we discussed in our last article, it is not uncommon for employers to look into the background of applicants before deciding whether or not to extend an offer of employment. In addition ...

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