New Federal Protections for Pregnant Workers!

MRW is thrilled that new federal protections for pregnant workers are now in effect as of June 27, 2023.  These protections, the PUMP Act (Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act) and the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), were part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act that President Biden signed in December 2022. The PWFA […]

Posted: August 8, 2023 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

MRW Applauds Enactment Of The “Ending Forced Arbitration Of Sexual Assault And Sexual Harassment Act”

MRW is gratified to see that on March 3, 2022, President Biden signed into law the “Ending Forced Arbitration of Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment.” Forced arbitration clauses are frequently used by employers as a way to shield embarrassing litigation from the public.  Arbitrations also tend to be much more employer-friendly than jury trials.  Not […]

Posted: March 15, 2022 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

MRW Celebrates Conclusion of Major Case

In celebration of the successful conclusion of the Orlando Riley v. Mass Department of State Police case, the MRW team gathered in honor of Mr. Riley and his wife Catia. A great time was had by all and we thank Mr. Riley for his perseverance throughout this hard fought and hard won case.

Posted: November 5, 2020 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: Accolades news

Massachusetts Legislation Strengthens Protections and Benefits for Families, Pregnant Employees

MRW previously commented on the “rampant” pregnancy discrimination plaguing the American workplace, following an in-depth exposé by The New York Times.  Despite this painful reality, two recent pieces of Massachusetts legislation strengthen legal protections and benefits for pregnant employees and families. First, the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which Governor Charlie Baker signed into […]

Posted: September 6, 2018 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

Pregnancy Discrimination is “Rampant” in the American Workplace, the New York Times Reports

The New York Times recently brought attention to the rampant discrimination facing women in the workplace. The article features current and former lawsuits brought by pregnant women and mothers against some of the country’s largest employers, underscoring not only the individual plight of women but also the institutionalized nature of workplace discrimination. Though pregnant women […]

Posted: August 13, 2018 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

MRW Partner Speaks on Supreme Court Wedding Cake Bakery Case and Its Implications for Public Accommodations & Workplaces

The Supreme Court ruling on the clash between a gay couple’s right to a wedding cake and a baker’s religious beliefs has garnered significant national attention. The Court’s decision does not provide clear answers to the free-speech-v.-gay-rights questions posed by the case but offers considerable insight into the future and some direction for the present. […]

Posted: July 16, 2018 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

Rise in Retaliation Claims

For over a decade, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) has seen a significant increase in retaliation claims.  Since 2000, the number of such claims filed annually has increased by more than 100 percent.  In 2014 alone, retaliation accounted for 42.8% of all claims processed by the EEOC.  It is by far the most common […]

Posted: March 19, 2015 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

New Massachusetts Legislation Enforces Gender Neutral Parental Leave

Massachusetts has made another step towards enforcing equality in the workplace!  Gov. Deval Patrick signed a new bill into law on January 7, 2015 requiring employers to grant equal parental leave to male and female employees. Massachusetts’s previous legislation on the topic, the Maternity Leave Act, applied only to women in workplaces with more than […]

Posted: March 12, 2015 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

Interpreting the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case of Young v. United Parcel Service, 134 S.Ct.2898 (U.S. 2014). The issue before the Supreme Court concerns whether an employer is obligated under the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act () to provide a pregnant employee the same types of accommodations (such as light duty) […]

Posted: March 12, 2015 | Author: Messing, Rudavsky & Weliky, P.C. | Categories: news

A Step Toward A Living Wage

Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law an increase in the state’s mandatory minimum wage, which will be implemented over three years. Starting on January 1, 2015, the Massachusetts minimum wage will rise from $8.00 to $9.00/ hour for non-agricultural, non-service, employees. On January 1, 2016, the minimum will increase again to $10.00/ hour and […]

Posted: December 23, 2014 | Author: clerk | Categories: news