Employment Litigation

  • Overview

    The attorneys at Arrowood LLP have represented both employers and employees in most areas of employment litigation. Their experience ranges from sexual harassment, gender, age and disability discrimination, to wage and hour disputes, to whistleblower claims under federal and state law, and to disputes on non-competition agreements and other restrictive covenants. They have handled cases at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and at the United States Department of Labor.

    Attorneys at Arrowood LLP have represented clients in many geographical areas and different industries. They have handled non-compete/non-solicitation cases for many employers, including an international financial services company, a national discount retailer, as well as a small employee leasing company. They have both prosecuted and defended gender discrimination, age discrimination and disability discrimination cases.

    Attorneys at Arrowood LLP have also handled numerous wrongful termination claims, including whistleblower and Sarbanes-Oxley claims, on behalf of both employers and employees in various industries. What sets Arrowood LLP attorneys apart is that each of the attorneys is an accomplished trial lawyer, able to present an employment case to a judge, jury, state or federal agency or arbitrator. Their known ability to successfully try cases not only results in good outcomes at trial, but also in excellent settlements on behalf of their clients.

    Arrowood LLP attorneys have both prosecuted and defended employment claims outside of litigation and have negotiated complex severance packages for both employers and employees. In addition to representing clients in the corporate arena, their attorneys have expertise in representing lawyers at law firms, as well as physicians employed by hospitals or by physician groups, in connection with complex employment disputes and severance packages.

    Arrowood LLP attorneys have represented whistleblowers in the health care industry in federal and state False Claims Act cases. They have helped the federal and state government recover millions for fraudulent claims. They have helped successfully settle claims on behalf of relators who have been terminated or suffered other types of adverse employment actions. Arrowood attorneys are skilled at identifying Medicare fraud and have ably represented relators in qui tam suits in federal and state False Claims Act cases.

  • Cases & Results
    • Reached a $1,200,000 class-wide settlement on behalf of Massachusetts inside sales employees in a claim alleging failure to pay overtime in violation of Massachusetts law.
    • Represented a physician in a gender discrimination case against her employers who was treated differently from her male counterparts in promotion and in other respects and achieved a settlement of over $1,000,000.
    • Represented the owner of an insurance business whose franchise was terminated based on pretextual allegations and obtained a settlement of in excess of $1 Million mid-arbitration.
    • Represented a scientist in a gender discrimination case and obtained a $1,000,000 settlement.
    • Reached a $900,000 settlement on behalf of an executive alleging gender discrimination claims arising from a hostile work environment.
    • Represented a woman in a gender discrimination case against a national discount retailer whose non-management job was eliminated in a reduction in force and obtained a settlement of over $800,000.
    • Represented a woman suffering from breast and uterine cancer who was demoted and then terminated by her employer after returning from leave for her mastectomy and obtained a settlement of approximately $775,000.
    • Represented a financial services worker whose employer terminated him and deemed substantial amounts of deferred compensation forfeited. Obtained a pre-trial eight-figure settlement on behalf of the employee.
    • Represented a woman in a gender discrimination case against a for-profit hospital chain, obtaining a settlement in the high six-figures.
    • Reached a $400,000 settlement on behalf of a former head of a private elementary school alleging age and gender discrimination claims.
    • Represented a national retailer in an action brought against a former senior management employee to recover six figures paid in sign-on bonus and relocation expenses, and recovered the entire amount our client sought.
    • Represented numerous women in sexual harassment cases where settlements in the six figures were achieved quickly without ever filing a formal claim or lawsuit.
    • Represented a hotel in a sexual harassment case in which the co-defendant harasser, a high-level hotel employee, admitted the harassment, including nonconsensual sexual relations and achieved a settlement in which our client contributed only $100,000 with half paid by insurance.
    • Won summary judgment for municipality in employment disability discrimination case brought under M.G.L. c. 151B. Siding with our client, Judge Robert Ullmann of Suffolk Superior Court held that the plaintiff had been dismissed as a result of his failure to fulfill a condition of his employment and not because of his disability. Judge Ullman also held that our client did not fail to reasonably accommodate the plaintiff because no reasonable accommodation existed for the plaintiff during the relevant time period.
    • Obtained summary judgement on behalf of a well-known financial services institution on an employee’s claims of wrongful termination and unpaid year-end bonuses.
    • Represented a female research scientist against Dana Farber Cancer Institute, resulting in a successful verdict after a three-week trial on gender discrimination claims.
    • Represented two law firms in which partners were accused of sexually harassing administrative employees, and secured low value settlements in each.
    • Represented different individuals accused of sexual harassment and/or discrimination while working for different firms in the financial services industry, and negotiated their continued employment, payment of their defense costs by their employers, and a settlement with no contribution from our clients.
    • Represented numerous clients in all types of industries, including financial services, retail, high tech and professional staffing services in successfully enforcing non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.