Attorneys & Professionals

Michael C. Lehane

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

Mr. Lehane has spent most of his forty year legal career in labor and employment law and public sector work. Mr. Lehane serves as the Town Counsel to the Towns of Bedford, Danvers, and Norwood. He has served as special counsel to municipalities and school committees on litigation matters, and he serves as labor counsel to a number of municipalities and other public entities. Mr. Lehane has handled a variety of public sector matters including land use and zoning, eminent domain, environmental protection, licensure, construction contract disputes, housing authority acquisitions and employment and labor relations issues. He is admitted to practice before all Massachusetts courts, the Federal District Court of Massachusetts, the United States Second Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court. Mr. Lehane is a graduate of Boston University and the Boston University School of Law.

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2019 Annual Labor Employment Law Update

In our 35th year with the South Shore Chamber of Commerce

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Supreme Judicial Court – Refusing to Grant a Lateral Transfer to a Preferred Position May Constitute an Adverse Employment Action

In a recent decision, Yee v. Massachusetts State Police, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held for the first time that denying an employee’s request for a lateral transfer can constitute an adverse employment action under the Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 151B which prohibits discrimination in the workplace.  The Court’s decision addresses the scope of employment actions on which an aggrieved employee may base a discrimination claim, going beyond commonly-challenged actions such as a refusal to hire, a promotional bypass, or discipline.

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