Category Archives: Discrimination

EEOC Issues Proposed Enforcement Guidance of Unlawful Harassment, Seeks Comment

by Amelia J. Holstrom On January 10, 2017, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) issued its Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Harassment.  The proposed guidance touches on a number of matters, both new and old. In the majority of the 75-page … Continue reading

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Churches Score Out-of-Court Victory Over MCAD

by Stefanie M. Renaud As previously reported on our blog here, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) issued guidance on September 1, 2016, implementing Massachusetts’ “transgender protection law,” which prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender identity in places of … Continue reading

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Are Casting Calls for Actors of Certain Races or National Origins Illegal?

by Stefanie M. Renaud If you are anything like me, you’ve been glued to your T.V. for the past few weeks, fervently watching the explosive second season of Netflix’s original hit show Narcos.  The show features a dramatized version of … Continue reading

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MCAD and Attorney General Issue Guidance for Implementation of New Law Prohibiting Transgender Discrimination

by Stefanie M. Renaud On July 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker signed Senate Bill 2407 “an Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination,” which bars discrimination against transgender persons in places of public accommodation.  Under the law, no person can be … Continue reading

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Governor Baker Signs Pay Equity Bill Into Law

by John S. Gannon and Stefanie M. Renaud Last week, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a new law aimed at strengthening pay equity for women in the Commonwealth. The new law amends the state’s Equal Pay Act by imposing rigorous … Continue reading

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Massachusetts House Passes Gender Pay Equity Bill

by Susan G. Fentin On July 14, the Massachusetts House passed a bill that would prohibit employers from paying a woman less than a man if the two workers had comparable jobs.  This bill (H. 4509) will now go to … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Passes Transgender Discrimination Protection Bill

By Stefanie M. Renaud On July 8, 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker signed Senate Bill 2407 “an Act relative to transgender anti-discrimination” which bars discrimination against transgender persons in places of public accommodation. The law takes effect on October 1, … Continue reading

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DOJ Weighs In on Transgender Rights

by Amelia J. Holstrom This week the United States Department of Justice joined a list of entities that have taken a position on the issue of transgender rights.  In mid-April, Target announced that transgender workers and customers could use the bathroom … Continue reading

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Race-based Discrimination Claims Can Linger Four Years – Pun Intended!

by Stefanie M. Renaud Employees who believe that they have been discriminated against by their employer may pursue claims under a variety of federal and state laws.  Most federal discrimination claims fall under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act … Continue reading

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EEOC and Massachusetts Senate Informally dub January “Equal Pay” Month

by Stefanie Renaud On January 29, 2016, in conjunction with the seven-year anniversary of the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay Act, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has proposed a revision to the Employer Information Report (“EEO-1”) that will require employers … Continue reading

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