Employment Law

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Prince Lobel’s Employment Law Group represents employers in all aspects of employment law and employment-related disputes. We represent you in all forums of employment litigation matters, from defending discrimination and wrongful termination cases to prosecuting trade secret theft and non-competition actions. We also counsel employers, and help develop policies, on all facets of employment law—discrimination, harassment, wage and hour, ADA and other leave issues—to ensure compliance and to prevent issues from reaching litigation. To further mitigate risk, we train employers, their managers, and line employees on sound employment practices.

We offer an extensive range of employment law services including:

  • Defend employers against retaliation, discrimination, whistleblower, wage and hour, and defamation claims
  • Advise on and litigate non-competition, confidentiality, and trade secret issues
  • Counsel employers with respect to critical employment decisions, such as terminations and disciplinary actions
  • Draft employment contracts and severance agreements
  • Prepare employment policies and manuals
  • Ensure compliance with state and federal legislation, including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act
  • Assist clients in responding to investigations or audits by state and federal agencies and regulatory bodies
  • Provide advice regarding workforce reductions
  • Create and help enforce electronic communications and social media policies

Employment Training

We offer a variety of employment law training courses and can tailor them to meet the needs of your company. Anti-harassment and discrimination training courses are conducted by instructors who are certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Our training courses include:

  • Addressing and Preventing Unlawful Harassment
  • Assessing the Need for and Providing Reasonable Accommodations
  • Avoiding Pitfalls in Hiring, Discipline, and Termination
  • Meeting the Challenges of Social Media Use in the Workplace
  • Avoiding Wage and Hour Claims
  • Employment Law for Managers

Representative Matters

Race/Disability/Gender/Age Discrimination

  • In 2016, Laurie Rubin and Kristin Knuuttila achieved a significant victory for our client, a major teaching hospital, at a Public Hearing at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The plaintiff in the case claimed religious discrimination and retaliation. The Commission found for Prince Lobel’s client on all counts.
  • In 2016, we represented our client, a major police department, in a Charge brought by the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”). The EEOC alleged that the department discriminated against disabled veterans in its hiring process.  Joe Edwards defended the department during the EEOC’s investigation of the Charge.  The EEOC ultimately determined that there was no evidence of discrimination and dismissed the Charge.
  • In 2015, Joe Edwards and Walter Prince won a complete victory after a multi-day Public Hearing at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Commission issued a decision fully exonerating our client, a large public agency that was charged with discriminating against an employee on the basis of race and disability.  That decision was upheld on appeal.
  • In 2015, we obtained summary judgment for our client, a prominent teaching hospital, in an age discrimination case.
  • In 2015, our client, a public authority, was awarded summary judgment in a discrimination case in which an employee alleged race discrimination with respect to promotions.
  • In 2014, the Massachusetts Superior Court granted summary judgment in favor of our client (a Boston hospital) on claims that it failed to accommodate a former employee’s requests for a fragrance-free work environment and to excuse occasional tardiness.
  • In 2014, we achieved summary judgment for our client, a public authority, in a case in federal court where the plaintiff alleged race discrimination, gender discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.

High Stakes

  • In 2015, we successfully defended a public agency in a high-stakes trial in Suffolk Superior Court, a forum that has been notoriously difficult for employers. In a case where the plaintiff sought millions, the jury found in favor of the agency with regard to all but one claim and awarded just $16,000, a great vindication for our client.
  • In 2013, we achieved a complete victory in federal district court in a race discrimination case for a major public transportation company.
  • In 2010, Daniel Tarlow and Laurie Rubin achieved a denial of class action certification in a large and complex federal case brought by employees who alleged racially discriminatory hiring and promotion practices by our client, a railroad operator.

Non-competition Actions

  • In 2016, Daniel Tarlow, Laurie Rubin and Thomas Elcock obtained an injunction against our biotechnology client’s former employees prohibiting them from working for a competitor in violation of their non-competition agreements.
  • In 2013, Daniel Tarlow and Thomas Elcock achieved a significant victory in a non-competition enforcement action (in Massachusetts Superior Court and in the Massachusetts Appeals Court) for our client, a major Cambridge-based biotech company.

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