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Decisions, Decisions: An Employment Case-law Update

February 14, 2011

This past year brought about several developments in employment law that have a potential impact on Western Massachusetts business. Employers in Massachusetts must comply with both state and federal law, and the federal courts are empowered to handle claims under federal and Massachusetts law when they are brought together. Typically, the laws are very similar, so the following case law examples may be helpful in guiding employers.

In Ortiz-Rivera v Astra Zeneca, a case from the Federal Court, an employee brought a claim for age discrimination against her employer. She alleged that at the age of 40 years and 2 months, the employer discriminated against her when it terminated her.

She also alleged that the employer had made several age-related comments to her. First, when the employee informed the supervisor that she was suffering from a medical condition. The supervisor told her to visit a doctor and said, “Those things come with age.” Second, during a break at a work meeting, a coworker was selling bikinis. When the employee asked whether there was one for her, the supervisor said she was “Too old for one.” …

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by: Kevin V. Maltby

March 14, 2011

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