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Does Witnessing Sexual Advances Give Claim to a Sexually Hostile Work Environment?

The United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts recently allowed a wrongful termination lawsuit to proceed in a situation where the Plaintiff was not even the alleged victim of harassment. A former employee of…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/does-witnessing-sexual-advances-give-claim-sexually-hostile-work-environment/

Virginia Shooting a Horrific Reminder of Reality of Workplace Violence

This morning, two young journalists were shot dead mercilessly on camera by an ex-coworker. As more information is becoming available, we have learned that the killer had been terminated from the news station where they all worked, and that subsequently …
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/virginia-shooting-horrific-reminder-reality-workplace-violence/

ADA Observes 25 Years, Employers Face Increased Litigation

July 26 marked the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) — landmark legislation that created rights for individuals with physical and mental disabilities in employment, government facilities and services, places of p…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/ada-observes-25-years-employers-face-increased-litigation/

Law: A New Enforcement Priority: EEOC Targets Gender Discrimination Against Transgender Individuals

Discrimination based on transgender status or gender identity is a developing area of employment law. Some states, including Massachusetts, have recognized gender identity as a protected class under state anti-discrimination laws. Federal courts are in…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/law-new-enforcement-priority/

An Employment-law Checklist: The New Year Is the Perfect Time for an Audit of Your Practices

As the new year approaches, employers would be wise to include in their resolutions efforts to ensure compliance with the myriad employment laws affecting their business, including those related to sick leave, disability discrimination, sexual harassment,…
as well as planning supervisor training. Employee Handbook and Policy Reviews https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/employment-law-checklist-new-year-perfect-time-audit-your-practices/

Trick, Treat, or Termination: Halloween in the Workplace

Halloween is traditionally a night of costumes, candy, fun, and fright. But for employers this holiday can easily mean trouble. Whether it is just employees getting festive at work or your business has a designated Halloween party, the potential Hallowe…
any questions regarding holiday policies or supervisor training https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/trick-treat-or-termination-halloween-workplace/

Mandate for Change: New Law Requires Employers to Provide Domestic-violence Leave

Massachusetts recently enacted new legislation related to domestic violence. The new law, which was effective immediately when signed by Gov. Deval Patrick on Aug. 8, impacts some employers in the Commonwealth. Under this law, employers with 50 or more…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/mandate-change-new-law-requires-employers-provide-domestic-violence-leave/

Time To Be Flexible: Avoiding Discrimination Claims Based on Caregiver Responsibilities

Over the past 30 years, the demographics of the workforce have changed. Women comprise approximately half of the working population, many of whom are working mothers. In addition, although women primarily continue to carry caregiver responsibilities, gend…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/avoiding-discrimination-claims-based-caregiver-responsibilities/

No Excuse for Poor Performance

A recent decision in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is a good reminder to employers that legal protections from retaliation and discrimination cannot be used to excuse an employee’s poor performance.
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/no-excuse-poor-performance/

Walgreens Settles Disability Discrimination Suit Following Termination of Employee for Theft

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought suit on behalf of a Walgreens employee who was fired after taking and eating a bag of chips without paying. The employee claimed she planned to pay for the chips at the cosmetics counter, but whe…
ling your obligations under the ADA or about supervisor training https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/walgreens-settles-disability-discrimination-suit-following-termination-employee-theft/

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When It’s Not Obvious: There Are Discrimination Issues That Can, and Do, Sneak Up on You

Not all discrimination is open or obvious. Sometimes it can sneak up on you in ways you have not imagined. In fact, you may face a viable discrimination claim even when you did not intend to discriminate against someone. Under a disparate-impact th…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/when-its-not-obvious-there-are-discrimination-issues-can-and-do-sneak-you/

Cupid’s Arrow Can Be Painful: Employers Should Update Policies on Office Dating, Sexual Harrassment

Jill arrives at work on Valentine’s Day to find a box of chocolates, a teddy bear, and a card on her desk. Smiling, she reaches for the card. Her smile fades as she identifies her admirer. Valentine’s Day is a reminder of a common challenge many employ…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/cupids-arrow-can-be-painful-employers-should-update-policies-office-dating-sexual-harrassment/

Reasonable Accommodations Under the Americans with Disabilities Act

Accommodating a disabled employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may seem to be a daunting task. While you want to enable an employee to perform their job, you also want to avoid excessive spending or inconvenience for the company and oth…
situation may be responded to appropriately. Supervisor training is essential to avoid missing a request for https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/reasonable-accommodations-under-americans-disabilities-act/

Shot Through the Heart- Valentine’s Day and the Risk of Sexual Harassment

When you were in elementary school you may have exchanged Valentines with each of your classmates. Then it was perfectly acceptable to give everyone a little box of candy and a card that said “Be Mine!” But the workplace is a completely different playgrou…
and regular supervisor trainings to recognize and react to possible cases of https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/women-labor/shot-through-heart-valentines-day-and-risk-sexual-harassment/

A Time to Be Proactive: Take Steps to Reduce Risk of Disability-discrimination Claims

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) and its federal counterpart, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), have identified disability discrimination as one of their top priorities. Consequently, employers would be wise to…
https://www.theroyallawfirm.com/news/newsletters/time-be-proactive-take-steps-reduce-risk-disability-discrimination-claims/

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