Ms. Zeiler represents public and private clients in the areas of labor, employment and education law.  She negotiates collective bargaining agreements and has represented clients in a wide variety of cases at arbitration, before administrative agencies, and in court.  She has appeared before the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations, Civil Service Commission, MCAD, NLRB, MSPB and FLRA. 

Prior to joining MHTL, Ms. Zeiler was General Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Labor Standards.  She managed the minimum wage and prevailing wage programs, and served as legal counsel for the municipal health and safety, state OSHA, and apprenticeship programs.  She consulted with the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Wage and Hour Division on administration and enforcement of wage laws and public outreach on compliance with laws.

Ms. Zeiler worked for many years for a large public sector labor union, including as Deputy General Counsel, and handled hundreds of arbitrations, unfair labor practice cases, and representation cases for municipal, state, federal and private sector members.

Ms. Zeiler is on the Executive Board of the Labor and Employment Relations Association, Boston Chapter, and was President for three years.  While with the state, she served as President of the Interstate Labor Standards Association.  She was on the Labor and Employment Steering Committee of the Boston Bar Association.  She graduated from Mount Holyoke College with honors, and from the University of Georgia School of Law, where she served as Notes Editor of the Journal of International and Comparative Law.  She is a member of the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Georgia Bars, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts and U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Third and Federal Circuits.

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St. Mary's Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester

On October 20, 2016, Attorney Katherine Hesse introduced Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker at the annual St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children Diamonds of Dorchester event which was held at the Westin Copley Place.  Ms. Hesse currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children which focuses on offering innovative and family-centered programs for women and children who have experienced trauma and are living in poverty.  As Governor Baker noted, the St. Mary’s Center has been known for “healing” for well over 100 years.   According to Attorney Hesse, “of the many charities in which I have been involved over the last 40 years of my professional career, St. Mary’s is closest to my heart.”  Other highlights of the evening included Lorrie Higgins receiving the John M. Corcoran Award for Excellence based upon her advocacy of and commitment in helping those most vulnerable in our community.  Over six hundred individuals attended the event, which raised approximately $500,000 for the women and children who rely upon the center.  

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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Issues Landmark Ruling on Medical Marijuana in the Workplace

In a much anticipated ruling,the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) issued a decision recognizing a potential claim for disability discrimination if an employer terminates or otherwise takes an adverse employment action against an employee who uses lawfully prescribed medicinal marijuana while off-duty.   In short, this decision prohibits blanket restrictions on the off-duty use of marijuana and requires employers to engage in an interactive process to determine whether the off-duty use of lawfully prescribed medical marijuana may be a reasonable accommodation under Massachusetts anti-discrimination law, M.G.L. c. 151B.

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