The B&B Docket Blog:

Developments in the Dynamic World

of Business and Employment Law

Michaela May Quoted in MLW Article

B&B attorney Michaela May was quoted in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly’s November 22, 2021 edition concerning the recent decision in Cunningham v. Lyft, in which the First Circuit held that Lyft drivers should be compelled to arbitrate their wage-and-hour claims against the ride-sharing app. The First Circuit had reversed an order by Judge Indira Talwani, of the U.S. District Court for…

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Six Bennett & Belfort Attorneys Honored as Super Lawyers

  Bennett & Belfort is proud to announce that Thompson Reuters has named David Belfort and Todd Bennett to its Super Lawyers list of 100 Top Attorneys in Massachusetts.       Four other Bennett & Belfort attorneys – Eric LeBlanc, Michael Mason and Michaela May – have been selected as Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars.    …

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Bennett & Belfort Client Prevails in Landmark Domestic Violence Leave Case

In a decision issued on August 25, 2021, our client Kehle Osborne-Trussell prevailed at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court in a case involving the state’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Leave Act (the “DVLA”). Represented by B&B Managing Partner Michael Mason, Ms. Osborne-Trussell filed claims under the statute after Children’s Hospital rescinded her offer of employment.   Ms. Osborne-Trussell accepted the…

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COURT PUNISHES COMPANY FOR HIDING THE ARBITRATION BALL

COURT PUNISHES COMPANY FOR HIDING THE ARBITRATION BALL   Congratulations to Bennett & Belfort attorneys Craig Levey, Jillian Guilfoyle and Todd Bennett who defeated a Motion To Dismiss and Motion To Compel Arbitration that was filed by a Defendant based on an Arbitration agreement that was not produced in response to a personnel file request under MGL c. 149 s….

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Uber Drivers Must Arbitrate Misclassification Claims

A Federal appeals court has ruled that a group of Uber drivers suing the company for misclassifying them as independent contractors instead of as employees must pursue their claims in arbitration. In this case, Capriole v. Uber Technologies, Inc., the drivers claim that under Massachusetts law, Uber should have classified them as employees. Because the company classified them as independent…

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Supreme Court Signals that ADA Failure-To-Accommodate Claims Do Not Require Additional “Adverse Action”

Last month, the United States Supreme Court declined to settle an apparent disagreement among the federal appeals courts over whether the ADA requires an employee bringing a failure-to-accommodate claim to show that they suffered an adverse-employment-action. The Supreme Court denied the employer’s request to hear the appeal in a case out of the Tenth Circuit, Exby-Stolley v. Board of County…

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B&B Attorneys Navigate New (Cleaner) Courtroom Environment in Successful Jury Trial

On May 26, 2021, Bennett & Belfort, P.C. attorneys Todd J. Bennett and Craig D. Levey completed a five-day jury trial in Middlesex Superior Court, where B&B’s clients prevailed on all counts for disability discrimination (failure to accommodate and termination) and retaliation. Due to the pandemic, this trial involved a number of measures put into place to prevent the spread…

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