Kier Wachterhauser

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: kwachterhauser@mhtl.com

Mr. Wachterhauser represents public- and private-sector clients.  He regularly represents clients in labor and employment matters.  He also advises public-sector clients in matters related to public law, and maintains a general litigation practice.  Mr. Wachterhauser has extensive experience counseling clients in employment-related matters, drafting policies and contracts, and representing clients in litigation, including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, and wage and hour disputes before federal and state courts and administrative bodies.

Mr. Wachterhauser received his Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Boston University Law Review.  In law school, Mr. Wachterhauser was awarded the Faculty Award for Academic Accomplishment.    Prior to attending law school, Mr. Wachterhauser spent several years working in the consulting field, providing guidance to administrators of hospitals and universities on a variety of business-related matters.   Mr. Wachterhauser received a Masters of Arts degree from Northwestern University and graduated from Swarthmore College with honors.

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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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