Attorney Murphy is a trial lawyer based in Boston, Massachusetts concentrating on civil litigation matters.
Attorney Murphy counsels individuals and small, local businesses on labor and employment law, civil rights-discrimination law, and landlord-tenant law.
Recently, Attorney Murphy’s client, former human resources manager of a reputable k-12 mathematics program, received a favorable decision after a highly contentious unemployment hearing. The unemployment office initially denied the client’s claim stating that the client resigned because he disagreed with work policies or the method of operations of the employer. As such, the unemployment office determined that this was the client’s fault and denied his claim. The client appealed.
The client then retained Attorney Murphy. Attorney Murphy advised the client that there were several complicated issues to overcome. Specifically, Attorney Murphy found that in order to reverse the decision it must be established that the employer’s actions caused the client to resign.
At the unemployment hearing, Attorney Murphy quickly took aim at the employer’s alleged adverse treatment of his client. Attorney Murphy’s aggressive, unyielding cross-examination resulted in inconsistent testimony from the employer. Compared to the client’s consistent and credible testimony it became apparent there were major holes in the employer’s case. Finally, the unemployment office concluded that the client made every effort to preserve his job and that essentially, the client resigned with good cause attributable to the employer.
Attorney Murphy is very pleased with the outcome of this case. The client felt vindicated and is now able to move forward knowing the resignation was not his fault.
Posted in Employment Law
Tagged 19 staniford st. boston, 25(e)(1), boston employment attorney, DUA (division of unemployment assistance), human resource manager, involuntary quit, method of operations, resignation, unemployment hearing, voluntary quit, work policies
Attorney Murphy has been working on several employment cases that are game changing for his clients. These cases mostly involve misclassification of individuals as “independent contractors”. Unfortunately, as independent contractors these individuals previously believed they did not have standing to bring lawsuits against their employer for discrimination, wage and hour violations, breach of privacy, among other employment claims. Upon further investigation, however, Attorney Murphy determined these individuals were arguably misclassified in violation of Massachusetts law. Instead, Attorney Murphy asserts these individuals constitute “employees” for purposes of Massachusetts employment law. This change in classification opens a barrage of available claims to his clients seeking redress for wrongs committed in the workplace.
Recently, Attorney Murphy took on a pro bono unemployment matter for a client who did not deserve to be fired. The client was a case manager at a Boston area hospital. The client’s former supervisor accused the client of being insubordinate and disrespectful. Attorney Murphy believed the client to be a credible and hard-working individual. At the unemployment hearing, Attorney Murphy, through direct examination of the client, asked several questions which made it abundantly clear that the client did not act inappropriately. Thereafter, the review examiner ruled in favor of the client and found that the hospital failed to establish its case.
Attorney Murphy believes the supervisor in this case simply did not like the client and lied. Attorney Murphy notes that employees experiencing hardships in the workplace from either a co-worker or supervisor should contact human resources to protect themselves before the situation becomes worse.
Today, the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services in Massachusetts presented Attorney Murphy with a certificate of recognition “for performing in the finest tradition of the Massachusetts bar by providing significant pro bono legal services during the calendar year 2013.” Attorney Murphy is proud to be among such an outstanding group of individuals committed to access to justice and giving back to the community.
On May 12, 2014, the Boston Bar Association awarded Attorney Murphy the “President’s Award” for providing pro bono legal assistance to victims and small business owners affected by the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing through the Boston Bar Association’s Marathon Assistance Project. Attorney Murphy is proud to be a recipient of such a distinguished award and shall continue to support and strengthen the Greater Boston community through his law practice.
Given that June through September are the major “moving” months of the year, Attorney Murphy is now taking a limited amount of pro bono security deposit cases. If you are a landlord or tenant dealing with the legal uncertainties of the Massachusetts security deposit law, Attorney Murphy can provide you guidance. Landlords must follow strict rules and tenants have several rights when it comes to a security deposit.
Attorney Murphy strongly advises resolving security deposit matters outside of court, but if necessary housing court can also be an option to determine whether a landlord or tenant is entitled to the security deposit monies.
Recently, Attorney Murphy’s client, a former branch manager of a bank, received a favorable unemployment benefits decision after a highly contentious administrative hearing. The bank terminated Attorney Murphy’s client due to an alleged workplace violation and argued the client should not be entitled to benefits.
Attorney Murphy quickly focused on his client’s 25 years experience in the banking industry to dispel with many of the bank’s assertions. Then during cross examination, Attorney Murphy took aim at the bank’s weakest position by questioning the bank representative about its internal investigation of the case. Attorney Murphy knew that the internal investigation was flawed because it failed to produce a scintilla of evidence supporting the termination. Indeed, the unemployment examiner concluded that the bank did not provide sufficient evidence to conclude any policies were violated.
Attorney Murphy is pleased that his client was able to find some recourse in the fact that the bank had no answer, defense, or justification for his termination. Hart v. Sovereign Bank (2014).