The Becker case highlights the need for Massachusetts to carefully examine sentencing in rape and assault and battery cases. We want a system that treats people of all races equally, ensures that the wishes of rape survivors are considered, and holds criminals accountable for their crimes. However, our focus on a specific judge’s sentencing in one particular case is causing the legal community to miss the bigger picture.
The SJC held today that in the Gyulakian v. Lexus of Watertown, Lexus acted intentionally or with reckless disregard for Gyulakian's rights under the discrimination laws, that its actions were outrageous or egregious, and that an employer that is aware of workplace harassment and fails to remedy that harassment has committed a “knowing violation of the statute.”
BOSTON – On Monday, August 1, 2016, Governor Charlie Baker signed S.2119, An Act to Establish Pay Equity, into Massachusetts law. This historic signing celebrated the most comprehensive pay equity law in the United States.
"Foley Hoag is proud to be a firm member of the WBA. The WBA has provided rewarding opportunities for our lawyers at every stage of their careers. Our newer lawyers have benefitted from active involvement in networking and invaluable seminars with in-house counsel. Our more senior lawyers have enjoyed networking with other senior women active in the WBA’s senior lawyers group, actively participating in the WBA’s mentorship programs, and serving on the Emeritus Board to ensure that women obtain parity in first chair roles and that qualified women candidates apply for and are appointed to the bench. We are honored that three of our attorneys – Julia Huston, Martha Coakley, and Sandra Shapiro - have served as former Presidents of the WBA."
Adam P. Kahn, Co-Managing Partner and Chair of Committee on Diversity and Inclusion
Foley Hoag LLP
BOSTON, MA – August 1, 2016 – The Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) today commends the legislature for passing and Governor Charlie Baker for signing into law S 2119 – An Act to Establish Pay Equity.