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New pay equity law offers fertile ground for litigation

Publisher: Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
August 18, 2016

John McLafferty was quoted in an article,"New pay equity law offers fertile ground for litigation," in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly. In the article, McLafferty discusses recent changes to the Act to Establish Pay Equity, which was signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in August. McLafferty said the law's key provision broadens the definition of "comparable work," making it easier for plaintiffs to attempt to prove a pay discrimination claim. "The change in terminology was intentional by the drafters of this statute and was designed to ensure comparable pay under a broader sampling of similar jobs," McLafferty said. "Speaking with some of my colleagues on the plaintiffs' side, I already know they're thinking about how to look at certain jobs to broaden the view of what is comparable."


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