Joseph L. Edwards, Jr. Named Acting Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer for Massachusetts Department of Transportation

Firm News · June 17, 2013

Prince Lobel Tye LLP employment law attorney Joseph L. Edwards, Jr. has been temporarily assigned to head the Office of Diversity and Civil Rights for Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). MassDOT encompasses the MBTA, Massachusetts Highway Division, Registry of Motor Vehicles, and the Aeronautics Division.

MassDOT Secretary of Transportation and CEO Richard A. Davey hand-picked Joe for the role, where he will be responsible for developing policies and programs regarding civil rights, monitoring and complying with civil rights policies and executive orders including affirmative action, diversity, ADA and sexual harassment policies, and ensuring that MassDOT complies with all state and federal affirmative action and civil rights laws.

Joe is an accomplished employment attorney, representing employers and employees in state and federal courts and administrative agencies in a full range of employment matters, including sex, race, and handicap discrimination claims, employment contracts, severance issues, and noncompete agreements. Joe provides management training as well as seminars in preventing sexual harassment in the workplace for both managers and their employees. He is certified by the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination to conduct anti-discrimination and anti-harassment training.