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Verrill Dana, LLP

Verrill Dana, LLP is one of New England's preeminent regional law firms. With offices in Portland and Augusta, ME; Boston, MA; Westport, CT; Providence, RI; and Washington D.C. Verrill Dana provides sophisticated legal representation to businesses and individuals in the traditional areas of litigation, real estate, business law, labor and employment law, employee benefits, environmental law, intellectual property and estate planning.  The Firm also has industry-focused specialties including higher education, health care and health technology, energy, and timberlands. 

Disclaimer:  The content presented in this blog is for general information only, is not intended to constitute legal advice and cannot be relied upon by any person as legal advice. While we welcome you to contact our blog authors at, the submission of a comment or question does not create an attorney-client relationship between the Firm and you. 


Searching for Answers: Ex-Google Employees File Suit

Yesterday, James Damore, the engineer who authored the Google Memo, which set forth his view on gender bias and diversity in technology, and who was later fired, filed a class-action lawsuit in the Santa Clara Superior Court in California.  Joining him in the suit is fellow ex-employee, David Gudeman, who alleges he too was wrongfully terminated in December of 2016.  The Complaint itself claims that Gudeman and Damore were “ostracized, belittled and punished for their heterodox political views, and for the added sin of their birth circumstances of being Caucasians and/or males.”

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What Employers Need to Know About Conducting Internal Investigations (PODCAST)

In this episode of the Verrill Voices podcast, labor and employment attorney Doug Steinmetz discusses what employers need to know when considering or conducting internal investigations. Whether the investigation is triggered by an employee conflict, sexual harassment claim, or another event, your ability to conduct an effective investigation can pay enormous dividends. In particular, as stated by Doug in the podcast, it can decrease your liability to employee lawsuits and enforcement actions by government agencies, help to identify problems with your business and their solutions, and can build credibility with your employees. 

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On Air with Ken and Matt: An Employment Law Update

In case you missed it, labor and employment attorneys Benjamin Ford and Tawny Alvarez were live on air in the Newsradio WGAN studio on the morning of Friday, December 22, discussing the firm's upcoming 2018 Annual Employment Law Update on January 25 in Portland.

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The "Weinstein Effect" and Workers' Comp: When Sexual Harassment or Assault is a Work-Related Injury

Anyone who is even half-paying attention to the news has been reminded that, despite years of open discussion and training around the issue of appropriate behavior in the workplace, some things just haven’t changed.  There are still predators, idiots and bores among us.  As the season for office holiday parties is upon us, it occurs to the author that there are those in the audience who may not realize that a sexual harassment claim could be the foundation of a workers’ compensation injury claim. And so, here I am to enlighten or scare you, depending on your perspective.  You’re welcome.

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Full-Day Conference to Address Labor & Employment Changes from the New Administration

The first year of the Trump administration has brought significant changes – many of which directly affect employers. On Thursday, January 25, Verrill Dana will host a full-day Annual Employment Law Update at The Westin Harborview Hotel to explore these changes and how to address them.

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Upcoming Event: An Employer's Roadmap to Navigate Family & Medical Leave

Navigating the Family & Medical Leave Act is difficult, there’s no question about that—but with an acute sense of where major pitfalls often hide, you are in a better position to navigate the difficulties that most often accompany sticky FMLA issues. On Wednesday, October 25 from 7:45am to 9:30am, Verrill Dana's Labor & Employment Group will host a complimentary seminar, providing all skill levels with the tools they need to appropriately respond to and track FMLA leave.  Panel discussions of real-life scenarios will provide attendees with skills as to navigating intermittent leave requests and unresponsive doctors with an ever-present discussion of what these scenarios would look like in litigation. Speakers include Verrill Dana labor and employment attorneys Doug Currier, Rob Brooks, Tawny Alvarez, and Joanna Bowers. Learn more about the event and register online here. 

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