On June 5, 2017, the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appellate court located in Boston, which covers Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Puerto Rico) decided Grant v. Target Corporation. Grant sued Target for breach of contract based on Target’s alleged failure to follow a disciplinary policy before firing him. The court found that Target’s disciplinary policy could not be relied upon as an employment contract and dismissed Grant’s claim.
Whitney Law Group, LLC was founded by Mark M. Whitney, a lawyer who spent 24 years trained by and practicing in large law firms in New York and Boston. Mark has spent his career representing businesses, insurance companies, and executives in employment-related disputes. Mark has developed a substantial expertise in noncompete/restrictive covenant litigation on behalf of both employers and individuals, and has also handled a wide variety of complex commercial cases.
If you have a challenging employment law or business issue, WLG is here to help. WLG's approach to legal problems is practical, zealous and creative. WLG listens to your goals, scrutinizes the facts and evidence carefully, and advises in a thoughtful and straightforward manner. WLG seeks to tailor its approach based on the circumstances -- many problems can be resolved cooperatively, some require a "gloves off" approach, and other need a creative alternative. WLG will work closely with you to find the right approach to your problem. In addition, WLG has leveraged a variety of technologies and adopted a lean business model to provide services efficiently and at a reasonable price.
Experience + Creativity + Attention + Value = WLG's Approach
Mark Whitney has more than 24 years of experience representing employers and insurance companies. At WLG, Mark is able to utilize his extensive defense experience to represent individuals.
WLG provides a wide variety of employment law related services to employers, including day-to-day compliance counseling and defense of employee claims before state and federal agencies and courts. Mark also helps companies prepare and implement a broad range of employment-related contracts, including drafting, negotiation, and litigating disputes arising under contracts.
In addition to its employment law services, WLG helps its clients resolve a wide variety of general business disputes.
Prior to forming WLG, Mark led the Noncompete, Trade Secret, and Unfair Competition practice at a large Boston-based law firm. A significant part of Mark's practice involves helping companies protect their valuable trade secrets and business relationships.
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Knowledgeable and Aggressive: As General Counsel for a company with nearly 1000 employees, we do occasionally need the help of a very experienced employment lawyer. Mark has counseled us numerous times on many issues, including new hires where we are dealing with non-competes from prior companies, difficult employees, hearings before the MCAD and much more. He is a consummate professional, easy to work with, and provides sound advice. I highly recommend him.
GREAT LAWYER: Mark partnered with my firm to help me fight my non compete lawsuit. He was a thorough dedicated professional. I just completed my 10th anniversary at the workplace he helped me stay my helping me win the unreasonable lawsuit.
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Hired Atty. Mark Whitney twice. Two times a victor! It's rare to find an attorney/firm that actually cares about the outcome, vs. just trying to settle the litigation. Mark was referred to me by my corporate counsel as the best employment lawyer around. They were right. From the initial encounter to hours and hours of preparation time, to the sit-down with the other side's law firm, he was tenacious in his pursuit of the best possible end result. And, he out-argued the facts that their side was too lazy to discover, which cost them in the end, quite a bit of money in the settlement. My company(s) and I owe him a lot as a result.
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The new law, the “Act to Establish Pay Equity,” was signed by Governor Charlie Baker on August 1, 2016. It replaces Massachusetts’ existing pay equity law, M.G.L. ch. 149 § 150A, in an effort to eliminate the gender pay gap by broadening the meaning of “comparable work” and implementing new rules on employees’ salaries. The new act also creates an affirmative defense for employers who conduct a self-evaluation of their pay practices. The law will not take effect until July 1, 2018, giving employers time to evaluate their policies.
In a landmark decision that is sending shockwaves through the employment law bar, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (the federal appeals court located in Chicago, IL, which covers the states of Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin), issued a decision which holds that discrimination based on one's sexual orientation is prohibited under the Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964. This ruling is the first time that a federal appeals court has held that Title VII protects workers against discrimination due to their sexual orientation.
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