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Massachusetts High Court Paves Way for Employees to Engage in ‘Self-Help’ Discovery

The highest court in Massachusetts has ruled that, in certain instances, an employee can access and obtain an employer’s records in order to support a claim of employment discrimination. Verdrager v. Mintz Levin, No. SJC-11901 (May 31, 2016).

Massachusetts Law To Prohibit Inquiries Regarding Prior Salary at Interview

In keeping with actions taken by other states, such as California and New York, Massachusetts is poised to pass an updated equal pay law that will greatly expand the ability of individuals to bring claims for violations of equal pay. The proposed law also puts limits on an employer’s effort to seek information about an applicant’s salary history during the interview process. The current proposal recently passed unanimously in the state Senate, and is now before the House of Representatives.

New Ruling Broadens Scope Of Massachusetts Anti-Discrimination Statute

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC), the highest court in Massachusetts, ruled on Friday that the Commonwealth’s antidiscrimination statute, which bars employment discrimination on the basis of handicap, prohibits employers from discriminating against an employee based on the handicap of a person associated with the employee.
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