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When the Law is Unclear, What Employers Should do

Recently, the US Department of Justice filed a brief with the US Supreme Court arguing that federal law does not provide anti-discrimination protections for individuals on the basis of gender identity. The DOJ’s position contradicts the position that the …
discrimination protections for individuals on the basis of … prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sex includes discriminatione Island and Vermont all prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity. However https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/when-law-unclear-what-employers-should-do/

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day!

Tuesday, November 6th is Election Day. In Massachusetts, there are current elections for a U.S. Senate seat, all 9 U.S. House of Representatives districts, Governor, state Attorney General, state Secretary of State, state Senate, state House of Represent…
d to repeal of legal protections prohibiting discrimination against individuals based on gender identity https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/tuesday-november-6th-election-day/

EEOC: Sexual Harassment Trends

Earlier this month, the EEOC published its Fiscal Year report for 2018. Many expected to see a significant uptick in sexual harassment cases filed at the EEOC after the emergence of high profile sexual harassment allegations in the media over the last yea…
the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/eeoc-sexual-harassment-trends/

Using Social Media in Background Checks

Social media permeates every aspect of today’s society. The workplace is no exception. Employers are faced with an endless minefield of how to address employee’s social media posts that can potentially impact the employer’s business...
checks. As with other aspects of employment discrimination law… social media policy can lead to a potential discrimination claim in the event the company fails to cond https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/using-social-media-background-checks/

Royal Attorneys Successfully Obtain Dismissal of Case at the MCAD

Royal attorneys successfully obtain a dismissal on the basis of lack of probable cause in a case against a regional non-profit organization. The Complainant alleged discrimination on the basis of race and color. Royal attorneys argued that the Complainant…
profit organization. The Complainant alleged discrimination on the basis of race and color. Royal attorn…nt could not establish a prima facie case of discrimination. Royal attorneys also argued that our client https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-attorneys-successfully-obtain-dismissal-case-mcad/

Language Course: Legislature Passes Bill Restricting Non-compete Agreements

Big changes may be on the horizon regarding non-competition agreements. For the first time, there may be legal restrictions on the terms of those agreements, and, in a major development, employers may be required to pay former employees during the non-com…
ncies including the Mass. Commission Against Discrimination https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/legislature-passes-bill-restricting-non-compete-agreements/

Ban the Box Amendments

In the middle of last month, Governor Baker signed a bill which will amend Massachusetts’s current “Ban the Box” legislation. The new bill expands some of the protections afforded to job applicants, and unfortunately, will place additional burdens on empl…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/ban-box-amendments/

Self-Audit Under the New Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

As employers are aware, the amendments to the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (MEPA) come online on July 1, 2018. A new MEPA provision that employers need to be aware of is the defense MEPA will allow for a good faith self-audit designed to determine whether …
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/self-audit-under-new-massachusetts-equal-pay-act/

Supreme Court Decision on Employment Rights

The Supreme Court of the United States made a 5-4 ruling on Monday voting in favor of narrowing protections to employee rights.
that more problems will arise in regards to discrimination based on race https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/supreme-court-decision-employment-rights/

RICHR Dismisses Case in Favor of Royal Client

Royal, P.C. successfully obtains dismissal of case from the Rhode Island Commission on Human Rights. The former employee argued that they were discriminated against on the basis of sex. Royal attorneys argued that the Complainant was not subjected to dis…
and that Complainant was not subjected to discrimination by our client. The Rhode Island Commissio https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/richr-dismisses-case-favor-royal-client/

Understanding What Language Policies Are and Are Not Legal In the Workplace

Last week, a New York-based attorney complained to a restaurant that he heard employees speaking Spanish to other customers. It’s important that we understand what language policies are and are not legal in the workplace...
nly policies are often used as a pretext for discrimination. The primary language of an individual is of https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/understanding-what-language-policies-are-and-are-not-legal-workplace/

Hot Water – Walking a Discrimination Tightrope at Starbucks

The news has been flooded over the past week with the details of the recent incident where two African-American men were arrested by Philadelphia police for refusing to leave a Starbucks location. The incident has undoubtedly sparked concerns among the bu…
o whether they are doing enough to stamp out discrimination and harassment in their places of business. … laws regarding employment and the Starbucks discrimination controversy. Read the full article here https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/hot-water-walking-discrimination-tightrope-starbucks/

Notice of MA Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

The Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (the “PWFA”) amends current Massachusetts discrimination in employment law, effective April 1, 2018, to expressly prohibit employment discrimination based on pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, as generally descri…
amends current Massachusetts discrimination in employment law… to expressly prohibit employment discrimination based on pregnancy and pregnancy…rced by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/notice-ma-pregnant-workers-fairness-act/

Conducting Business on a Sunday

Recently in legal news, a corporation won an employment suit over call center employees not entitled to premium pay. Why did they not receive time-and-a-half for working on a Sunday? We explain the limitations of clause 50 of G.L.c. 136 §6...
using to work that day cannot be grounds for discrimination or termination. Employers who employ 7 peopl https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/conducting-business-sunday/

Royal, P.C. Obtains MCAD Dismissal

Royal attorneys obtained a lack of probable cause finding resulting in the dismissal from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for a case filed against a non-profit organization. The Complainant alleged discrimination against our client…
al from the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination for a case filed against a non…profit organization. The Complainant alleged discrimination against our client on the basis of race https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-pc-obtains-mcad-dismissal/

Attorney General Issues Guidance on the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act

The Massachusetts Attorney General recently issued its much awaited guidance for compliance with the updated provisions of the Massachusetts Equal Pay Act (“MEPA”).
ed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/attorney-general-issues-guidance-massachusetts-equal-pay-act/

The #MeToo Movement

The remarkable and persistent resonance of the Me Too movement has left several burning questions in its wake. The undeniable validity and necessity of the progress associated with the movement has also left business leaders scrambling to prepare for and …
Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination Chair Sunita Thomas https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/metoo-movement/

Non-Disclosure Agreements - the Good vs. the Bad

In the last few years, the Massachusetts state legislature has passed several new laws that drastically affected businesses operating in the Commonwealth, including the Pay Equity Act to the Pregnant Worker’s Fairness Act. These new laws have forced many …
the bill would address issues related to discrimination https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/non-disclosure-agreements-good-vs-bad/

Royal Successfully Obtains Lack of Probable Cause Finding

Royal attorneys obtained a lack of probable cause finding for a non-profit organization at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Complainant alleged discrimination on the basis of age and race/color during hiring. Royal attorneys argue…
tion at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. The Complainant alleged discrimination on t…etext.  The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination agreed with us https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/firm-news/royal-successfully-obtain-lack-probable-cause-finding/

Sexual Harassment: The Watershed Moment

On Thursday, Royal attorney Daniel Carr led a roundtable discussion on sexual harassment in the workplace
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/past-events/sexual-harassment-watershed-moment/

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