The new Massachusetts Equal Pay Act goes into effect on July 1, 2018. The basic concept of the statute is that you cannot pay employees differently based on gender. You are busy running your business, but don't ignore this statute. You could face lawsuits that result in high damages awards and an award of the plaintiffs' attorneys' fees and litigation costs. There are attorneys who will be actively targeting your company to find violations. The statute will be irresistible because any employee will be able to show a prima facie case if he or she is paid less than employees of another gender for comparable work. The statute is unclear on the employee's burden of proof, but it may fall to the employer to justify any discrepancies in pay.
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I give real, practical advice to keep you out of trouble so that you can stay in business and make money. I have a passion for helping businesses and people in the business world. If you get sued or have to sue another business, customer or ex-employee or business partner, I will develop the right, cost-effective strategy with you. You hire me, you get me. I won’t hand day to day management of your matter off to a revolving door of overpaid, undertrained associates.
I primarily work for private companies, serving as outside general counsel and litigation counsel on various contract, employment and business matters. I would love to learn more about your business and discuss how I could be of service for you. I have over twenty years of experience handling business and employment litigation and counseling and other litigation cases. I have successfully handled a number of jury and jury-waived trials. Prior to founding my own firm, I worked as a partner in a leading Quincy, MA business litigation boutique, and as an associate at a seventy-lawyer litigation firm in Boston.
I graduated from Suffolk University Law School, cum laude, in 1997 in the top 10% of my class. I have Black Bear pedigree, having graduated from the University of Maine. I spend my personal time with my wife and our two young daughters at our home in Sharon, Massachusetts or on vacations to Martha’s Vineyard, Maine and California. I enjoy sports, including flag football and basketball. I like to get outdoors with my girls, hiking, biking and kayaking and searching for sea glass, shells and shiny rocks on the ocean shore.
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