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Attorney Naomi R. Shatz spoke to Law360 about the EEOC’s recent push to convince federal courts that Title VII protects employees from discriminatory transfers and shift changes. Shatz explains, “[I]t’s just really important for employees and employers to understand that there’s so much more to a job and so much more to the terms and conditions of a job under Title VII than just what’s on paper in terms of a salary or job description . . . [E]mployers really can negatively impact employees in discriminatory ways without giving them a pay cut or demotion or something that was more traditionally considered an adverse action under Title VII.” Click here to read more.

Attorney Naomi R. Shatz spoke with Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly regarding a recent federal court decision reaffirming that university employees can bring discrimination claims under both Title VII and Title IX. Click here to read more.

Attorney Monica Shah spoke to GBH News about the constitutionality of terminating an employee for their involvement in violent protests at the Capitol. Shah explains, ‘”I think what employers and public employers may be trying to figure out is, is there a distinction between people who were there and present and those who ran into the Capitol and potentially wanted to overthrow the government?”‘ Click here to read more.

See below for press coverage on a discrimination and retaliation suit recently filed by Attorney David A. Russcol against the Town of Williamstown. Read the full complaint here.

Attorneys Ruth O’Meara-Costello and David Russcol spoke to Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about last week’s decision in Helfman v. Northeastern University, et al. The Court held that colleges have a duty to protect their students from alcohol-related harm under certain circumstances. Attorneys O’Meara-Costello and Russcol discussed the implications of this decision for colleges going forward. Click here to read more.

On July 27, 2020, Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea published the following op-ed in Law360, discussing inequities in the bar exam and urging lawyers to consider whether maintaining the exam is useful for the profession. You can view the original article here, or download a PDF here.

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Partner Naomi Shatz offers her expertise on the new federal regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Education on May 6, 2020. These new regulations dictating how colleges and universities must handle claims of sexual harassment and assault under Title IX will go into effect on August 14, 2020. Click here to read the article and here to read her blog post about the regulations.

Attorneys Naomi Shatz and David Russcol were interviewed by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly about the right to cross-examination in sexual misconduct investigations at private colleges, following the First Circuit’s recent decision in Doe v. Boston College. Click here to read the article, and click here to read Attorney Russcol’s blog post about the decision.

See below for press coverage on our firm’s victory at the Massachusetts Appeals Court on October 31, 2019 in Charles v. Vivian Leo & City of Boston, a racial discrimination and retaliation case against the city. Read the unanimous 45-page decision here.

Mass. Court Affirms Discrimination Verdict For Boston Worker – Law360

Chantal Charles won a huge racial discrimination lawsuit against the city. It’s time to pay up – The Boston Globe

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