Representative Cases

Representative Cases:

Civil Rights

  • Obtained six-figure judgment for a public official who claimed that his employer violated his First Amendment rights by terminating his employment because he spoke out on matters of public concern.
  • Obtained ground-breaking decision from federal judge who ruled that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts must provide sex reassignment surgery to a transgender prisoner as necessary medical care guaranteed by the Eighth Amendment.
  • Obtained punitive damages award for Iraqi war veteran who was denied an apartment by an anti-war activist because he was a veteran
  • Obtained $60,000 settlement for woman who claimed that she was denied a service contract due to her gender
  • Obtained $25,000 settlement for woman who claimed that she was harassed by her condominium board due to having children
  • Obtained $125,000 settlement for student who alleged harassment and bullying due to his Jewish heritage

Employment: Unfair Labor Practices

  • Obtained six-figure settlement for security officer of major Boston-area employer who alleged unfair labor practices arising out of union organization efforts.
  • Obtained $140,000 settlement for manager at national telecommunications company who alleged harassment based on refusing to engage in unfair labor practices;
  • Obtained $100,000 settlement for sales representative at national telecommunications company who alleged harassment based on union activity

Employment: Civil Service Commission

  • Successfully appealed bypass of police officer candidate for Boston based on psychological evaluation
  • Obtained several settlements in bypass appeals resulting in candidate receiving additional consideration for appointment/promotion
  • Obtained decision in favor of claim that Boston Police Department and the Human Resources Division of Massachusetts improperly used the selective certification process for December 2010 police academy class. The decision resulted in the Civil Service Commission initiating an investigation into the hiring process for the December 2010 police academy class. You can view the decision here.

Employment: Discrimination

  • Obtained $600,000 settlement for client who alleged retaliatory discharge after she filed a complaint of racial discrimination against state agency.
  • In Cooper v. Raytheon, won $192,000 judgment, plus interest, after trial for an employee of Raytheon who was unlawfully demoted from his engineering position due to discrimination against his disability. We proved that Raytheon failed to accommodate the employee’s disability and discriminated against him on the basis of his disability.
  • In Ravesi v. Naz Fitness Group, Inc., won $180,000 judgment, plus interest, after trial for a transgender personal trainer who was fired from her job due to her gender non-conformity.
  • Obtained $125,000 settlement for sixty-five year client who alleged her hours were reduced and she was being forced to resign and replaced by a younger employee.
  • Obtained $75,000 settlement for female firefighter who alleged sexual harassment by department and discriminatory failure to rehire when she had to resign for medical reasons.
  • Obtained $120,000 settlement for former employee of police department in sexual harassment and constructive discharge case.
  • Obtained $96,000 settlement for former employee of technology company who was terminated after he raised concerns about harassment of another employee.
  • Obtained $77,500 settlement for former employee of large retail establishment in case about racial discrimination and retaliatory discharge.
  • Obtained six-figure settlement for client in religious discrimination case against major financial institution.
  • Successfully obtained judgment for back pay, emotional distress damages, and attorneys' fees for day-care manager who was terminated unlawfully due to her pregnancy.
  • Obtained near six figure settlement for four public transit workers in race discrimination case.
  • Obtained settlement for athletic coach in an age-discrimination lawsuit.
  • Obtained $55,000 settlement for employee who claimed he was subjected to racist emails and then fired after complaining about them.
  • Obtained $93,000 settlement for two female employees who claimed they were sexually harassed by their boss.
  • Obtained $50,000 settlement for female employee who claimed she was terminated due to her pregnancy.
  • Obtained $75,000 settlement for employee who was terminated only days after filing workers compensation claim.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for employee of hotel chain who alleged retaliation for taking FMLA leave

Employment: Wage and Hour

  • Obtained $250,000 settlement for salesman who alleged he was not paid his earned commissions prior to termination.
  • Obtained $100,000 settlement for employee claiming unpaid overtime and FMLA violation
  • Obtained $85,000 settlement for two employees who were not paid prevailing wages as crew members on construction sites
  • Obtained $425,000 settlement for a salesman who claimed that his employer failed to pay him earned commission.
  • Obtained favorable settlement for a front desk employee who claimed that her employer failed to pay her overtime.
  • Obtained significant settlement for tour-vehicle drivers based on wage and hour law violation.
  • Successfully obtained appellate court decision finding that restaurant's disclosure of administrative fee to customers did not comply with Massachusetts Tips Statute.
  • Obtained $42,500 settlement for three nurses who alleged that they were consistently forced to work through meal breaks but not paid for their time

Employment: General

  • Obtained favorable settlement for a private security guard who claimed that her employer violated her right to privacy by publishing details about a workplace assault.
  • Obtained $57,000 settlement for client alleging misrepresentation in job offer.
  • Obtained $20,000 settlement for employee who alleged privacy violation when his boss revealed his medical condition to a co-worker

General Litigation

  • Successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuit brought by former employee of gas station who alleged retaliation for asserting rights under the workers compensation law
  • Successfully obtained dismissal of lawsuit brought by former employee of property management company who alleged unlawful discharge for claiming unpaid wages
  • Successfully opposed an appeal of a significant jury verdict in favor of real estate developer.
  • Successfully obtained a court order compelling the FBI to release audio recordings from an undercover investigation of a city official, resulting in compelling evidence for an ongoing trial.

Precedent-Setting Cases:

  • Fraelick v. PerkettPR, 83 Mass. App. Ct. 698 (2013), establishing that a demand for repayment of business expenses is protected activity under the Massachusetts Wage Act
  • Angiuoni v. Rosa, 999 F. Supp. 2d 318 (D. Mass. 2014), establishing that a subordinate’s act motivated by discriminatory animus toward a military veteran that causes an adverse employment action can trigger liability under the Uniform Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act
  • Kosilek v. Spencer, 889 F. Supp. 2d 190 (D. Mass. 2012), establishing that the Massachusetts Department of Corrections violated the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution when it denied an inmate sex reassignment surgery to treat her serious psychiatric condition. (The decision was upheld initially on appeal by a panel of the First Circuit Court of Appeals, and then reversed by the full First Circuit in a 3-2 decision).

Representative Clients:

Employment: Misclassification

  • Courier service drivers
  • Home day-care providers
  • Cleaning franchise owners

Employment: Discrimination

  • Police officer with claim of discriminatory treatment related to medical condition
  • Police officers with claims of gender and race discrimination in hiring
  • Group of minority police officers in federal lawsuit challenging state's police sergeant promotional examination
  • Tax consultant at multi-national banking institution with claim of religious discrimination
  • College athletic coach alleging age discrimination in her termination
  • Applicant to TSA security position at Logan Airport with claim of disability discrimination in hiring process
  • Employee at major retail chain with claim of termination due to disability

Employment: Wage and Hour

  • Coffee and prepared food franchise in defense against lawsuit alleging violations of the Massachusetts Tips Statute
  • Public relations executive with claim of retaliatory discharge for complaining about Wage Act violations
  • Pizza chain workers with claim of retaliatory discharge and various Wage Act violations arising out of employer's failure to pay overtime

Employment: General

  • Department of Veteran Services' employee in lawsuit against city for breach of employment agreement and fraud

Civil Service Appeals/Claims

  • Group of minority police officers in federal lawsuit challenging state's police sergeant promotional examination
  • Police officer candidate appealing non-appointment based on gender discrimination;

Personal Injury

  • Estate of pregnant mother who died in childbirth

Civil Rights

  • Middle school student in bullying case alleging that he was bullied and harassed for being Jewish
  • Police officer in federal lawsuit alleging an illegal and retaliatory demotion due to officer's union activities
  • Prisoner alleging violation of the Eighth Amendment due to state's failure to provide adequate medical care
  • Undocumented workers challenging federal government's raid on factory and its treatment of the detained workers

General Litigation

  • One of the early developers at Microsoft in trial related to investments in local start-up companies (unrelated to Microsoft)