Justin L. Engel
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WORKPLACE CHALLENGES NEED TIMELY AND REAL-WORLD LEGAL SOLUTIONS
It is not enough to stay on top of the law, because what employers of all sizes are looking for is expertise coupled with a responsive and practical approach to workplace issues that takes into account the client’s goals. That’s where Prince Lobel’s Employment Law Group comes in. We know the law, and we know our clients. Whether it’s helping a client work through an urgent personnel issue, or representing an employer in a court or agency proceeding, Prince Lobel’s employment and labor law attorneys use their knowledge of the law and experience to devise legal solutions to meet our client’s business objectives.
WE OFFER AN EXTENSIVE RANGE OF EMPLOYMENT LAW SERVICES INCLUDING:
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:
We also provide one-on-one training sessions for individuals who are having difficulty adhering to workplace norms. These intensive sessions can focus on any aspect of employment law, but typically have involved anti-discriminations/harassment and bullying.
We won a favorable decision from the Massachusetts Appeals Court for our client, a 200-officer police department, where the plaintiff, a current police lieutenant, claimed he was disproportionately disciplined due to his race and prior history of complaints. The Appeals Court adopted our argument that the plaintiff had not demonstrated a right to have his claims go to trial, and it affirmed the Superior Court’s dismissal of the case.
We obtained summary judgment for our client, a healthcare provider, in a gender and sexual orientation discrimination and harassment claim brought by a male nurse. The case involved allegations of nurse bullying. Prince Lobel demonstrated to the court that the plaintiff’s claims were too flimsy to go to trial. The court dismissed the case.
We 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.
We obtained summary judgment for our client, a large Massachusetts employer, on a disability discrimination claim where the plaintiff alleged that the employer failed to accommodate her need to work in a fragrance-free environment. Prince Lobel demonstrated that the claim had no merit and the court dismissed the case.
We obtained summary judgment for our client, a public authority, in a discrimination case in which an employee alleged race discrimination with respect to promotions.
We obtained summary judgment for our client, a prominent teaching hospital, in an age discrimination case.
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.
Wage and Hour Matters
We won a favorable decision from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, in a wage and hour action against our client, a large public authority. The SJC agreed with our argument that the claim should be dismissed, holding that the Wage Act does not require the payout of unused sick time. The court clarified that most forms of incentive bonus compensation are not covered by the Wage Act.
We helped our client, a supplier of equipment to police and fire departments, defeat a competitor’s injunction action seeking to prevent two recent hires from working for our client. The plaintiff claimed the employees were in violation of non-competition agreements. Prince Lobel demonstrated to the court that the good will and industry knowledge belonged to the employees and not their former employer.
We achieved a significant victory in a non-competition enforcement action (in the Massachusetts Appeals Court) for our client, a major Cambridge-based biotech company.
February 14, 2024
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December 21, 2023
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts in employment are currently under attack. Since June 29,…
September 19, 2023
Prince Lobel is excited to announce that Justin Engel has joined the firm as a partner in…