Employment Litigation

We have an extensive track record of success in the defense of wrongful termination claims, workplace torts and employment litigation, including claims of sex, age, race, sexual orientation and disability discrimination and retaliation. We appear regularly on behalf of employers in state and federal courts and before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Civil Service Commission and the State Ethics Commission. We also have extensive experience in the litigation of wage and hour disputes and in the enforcement of non-disclosure, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.

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Rich Van Nostrand quoted in Law360, "Mass. Noncompete Law Overhaul Not As Strict As It Seems"

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Telegram's One on One with Employment Attorney Jonathan Sigel

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Jonathan Sigel interviewed by NECN - How to Prepare for Mass Equity Pay Law

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Federal Appeals Court Halts Implementation of NLRB Employees' Rights Posting

April 18, 2012[ read full story ]

New Limits on Employer Access To and Use Of Criminal Records Take Effect on May 4, 2012

March 30, 2012[ read full story ]

Attorney General Announces $2.8 Million Settlement with 3 Companies that Violated Massachusetts Prevailing Wage and Misclassification Laws

March 22, 2012[ read full story ]

Supreme Judicial Court Issues Much Anticipated Quinn Bill Decision

March 8, 2012[ read full story ]

Transgender Discrimination Protection

February 10, 2012[ read full story ]

Massachusetts Court Upholds Students' Suspensions for Hazing Incident

January 30, 2012[ read full story ]

Principal and Teacher Who Exchanged Intimate E-Mails May Proceed with Invasion of Privacy Claim Against Employer

January 25, 2012[ read full story ]

Addiction in the Workplace Forum: Bob Kilroy to serve on panel

06/12/2018[ read full story ]

Representative Matters

  • Successfully defended an office solutions company in the U.S. District Court against a race discrimination claim brought by a regional sales manager. The plaintiff had rejected a settlement offer of several hundred thousand dollars before proceeding to trial
  • Obtained a high-seven-figure award for our minority shareholder client following a jury-waived trial for "freeze-out" in Worcester Superior Court. This was on of the few cases in which the Court ordered the repurchase of a minority shareholder's stock interest in the company at a percentage of the company value without any discount for marketability or minority interest
  • Successfully defended an automobile dealership and leasing company in Middlesex Superior Court against an age discrimination claim brought by a former sales manager
  • Secured preliminary and permanent injunctions in the Business Litigation Session of the Suffolk Superior Court on behalf of a nano-particulate business against a former chief chemist for trade secret misappropriation
  • Successfully defended a warehouse and bulk supplier in Bristol Superior Court in separate age discrimination and workers' compensation claims brought by a driver and a warehouse worker, respectively
  • Successfully defended an accounting firm against a pregnancy discrimination claim brought by an accountant in Worcester Superior Court
  • Obtained a summary judgment in favor of our accounting firm client in a disability discrimination claim in the U.S. District Court. On appeal, dismissal was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Obtained a summary judgment in favor of our aerospace manufacturing client in a race discrimination claim in the U.S. District Court. The plaintiff's appeal was dismissed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • Obtained enforcement of a non-competition agreement on behalf of an educational software company, resulting in the removal of a former executive from a competitor's workforce and the recoupment of attorneys' fees
  • Successfully defended multiple executives facing numerous counts of discrimination, wrongful termination and whistleblower retaliation in federal court. The case was won with an initial motion to dismiss prior to discovery
  • Successfully defended a municipality facing breach-of-contract claims in federal court following termination of an employee's contract for poor performance. The case was won prior to summary judgment based on admissions by the plaintiff at her deposition
  • Successfully defended a major medical institution facing breach-of-contract claims, intentional interference with contractual relations and defamation in federal court. The case was won with an initial motion to dismiss prior to discovery
  • Successfully defended a service provider and its executives against age discrimination claims. The case was won based on admissions obtained at the plaintiff's deposition

Is Your Noncompete Still Valid? Technically Yes, But . . . Recent Decision Foreshadows How The New Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act May Impact Existing Agreements

In an earlier post, we reported on the passage of the new Massachusetts Noncompetition Agreement Act, which takes effect on October 1, 2018, and significantly changes the law in this area by narrowing the permissible protections and imposing several new …

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Governor Baker Signs Noncompetition Bill Into Law

Last Friday, August 10th, Governor Baker signed into law the “Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” (the “Act”). Governor Baker’s signature came 11 days after the Massachusetts Legislature passed the Act. As Amanda Baer explained in her recent …

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Massachusetts Legislature Passes Long-Anticipated Act Limiting Noncompetition Agreements

On July 31, 2018, the Massachusetts Legislature passed the “Act relative to the judicial enforcement of noncompetition agreements” (the “Act”). If signed by Governor Charlie Baker, the Act will take effect on October 1, 2018 and limit the ability of …

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Governor Baker Signs “Grand Bargain” Bill Creating Paid Family and Medical Leave and Raising Minimum Wage

On June 28, 2018, Governor Baker signed “An Act Relative to Minimum Wage, Paid Family Medical Leave and the Sales Tax Holiday” making Massachusetts one of very few states in the country to require employers to provide paid family and …

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U.S. Supreme Court Deals Blow to Public Sector Unions in Janus v. AFSCME – Holds Agency Fees May Not Be Charged to Nonconsenting Public Sector Employees

In a widely anticipated decision – Janus v. AFSCME, the United States Supreme Court ruled today that state laws authorizing public sector unions to charge agency fees are unconstitutional because they violate the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.  …

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Massachusetts Employers: Review Your Job Applications ASAP

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey recently took action to enforce Massachusetts’ “ban the box” law for the first (publicly known) time since the law’s enactment in 2010. The AG’s actions and related statements send a clear message to Massachusetts employers …

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NLRB’s General Counsel Releases Updated Guidance on Employee Handbook Rules

On June 6, 2018, the National Labor Relations Board’s (Board) General Counsel, Peter Robb, sent a Memorandum to the Board’s regional offices providing guidance on the Board’s current position regarding employee handbook rules.  The General Counsel’s Memorandum comes after the …

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Massachusetts Ban-The-Box Law Undergoes An Update

As many of you know, in 2010, Massachusetts passed legislation which, in part, prohibits employers from including questions on job applications asking applicants to disclose their criminal history. This prohibition is often referred to as “banning-the-box.”  Notwithstanding this restriction, employers …

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FLSA Amendment Eases Restrictions on Tip Pooling

On April 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division (“WHD”) issued Field Assistance Bulletin No. 2018-3 in response to Congress’ amendment to Section 3(m) of the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) with the Consolidated Appropriations Act, …

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Are You In Compliance with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act That Went Into Effect April 1st?

If you have not taken steps to comply with the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (“PWFA”), you are already in violation of the statutory mandate related to required postings.  Specifically, all employers with six or more employees were required to provide a notice …

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