Employment Law

EMPLOYING INNOVATIVE WORKPLACE SOLUTIONS

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; and
  • 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; and
  • Employment Law for Managers.
  • Race/Disability/Gender/Age Discrimination 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.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 2015, we obtained summary judgment for our client, a prominent teaching hospital, in an age discrimination case.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.In 2013, we achieved a complete victory in federal district court in a race discrimination case for a major public transportation company.We 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.

     

    We achieved total success for our client (a bus company) and ten male supervisors against gender discrimination and retaliation claims by six female former employees. After a five-week trial, the jury returned a take-nothing verdict in favor of Prince Lobel’s client.

     

    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.

     

    Non-competition Action

    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.

     

    In 2013, we 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.

     

    Whistleblowing Matters

    We obtained the dismissal of a 17-count complaint brought by a police officer against his department in which the officer alleged various civil rights and tort claims relating to his alleged whistleblowing activity.