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Court Orders Springfield College to Reinstate Wrongfully Suspended Student

After a student was wrongfully suspended from Springfield College, he turned to O’Connell & Plumb, P.C. for help.  Attorney Daniel J. O’Connell was able to successfully obtain an injunction ordering that Springfield College reinstate the student pending a full hearing on the merits of the case.  The Springfield Republication published an article on this exciting… Read More »

Attorney Daniel J. O’Connell and Attorney Sarah A. Ornelas Again Included in the New England Super Lawyers Lists

Attorney Daniel J. O’Connell was named to the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list in the area of Plaintiff Employment Litigation, and Attorney Sarah A. Ornelas has been named to the 2016 New England Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list in the area of Plaintiff Employment Litigation.  This is the second consecutive year that both Attorney… Read More »

Three Tips for Employers From an Employee Attorney’s Perspective

While O’Connell & Plumb, P.C. primarily represents employees in employment discrimination cases, we have a substantial number of employers that we represent as well.  As attorneys who represent employees, we often have a different perspective to offer our employer clients when faced with possible discrimination claims.  This article will share three of those tips (free… Read More »

Attorney Daniel J. O’Connell Obtains a Default Judgment in Favor of his Client in a Sexual Harassment Case

On April 1, 2016, Attorney Daniel J. O’Connell obtained a Default Judgment in favor of his client (a Plaintiff) in the Hampden County Superior Court.  The Plaintiff was a victim of ongoing sexual harassment during her employment with her prior employers (Primary Care Associates, Inc. and Geriatric Medical Associates).  She brought a lawsuit in the… Read More »


Some words of caution when presented with a severance agreement You were just fired, canned, dismissed, terminated, let go.  Whatever term you prefer, the reality is the same – you no longer have a job.  So, what now? You may have been presented with a severance agreement as you were being ushered out the door. … Read More »

Sexual Harassment at Work – Five Things Every Employee Should Know

Despite laws aimed to protect against sexual harassment in the workplace, sexual harassment remains a common workplace problem.  Unfortunately, employees (and even employers) often do not know the appropriate actions to take if faced with such a situation.  Here are five things that you should keep in mind: (1) The Employee Handbook May Not Accurately… Read More »

Age Discrimination – A Workplace Problem on the Rise

As the American workforce continues to age claims of age discrimination have increased.  According to the statistics compiled and released by the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (“EEOC”), the EEOC received 20,588 Charges of age discrimination in 2014.   This is a dramatic increase when compared to the 15,785 Charges of age discrimination that the EEOC received… Read More »

Attorney Sarah A. Ornelas Selected for Inclusion in the 2015 Super Lawyers Rising Stars Recognition

Attorney Sarah A. Ornelas has been selected for inclusion in the 2015 New England Super Lawyers magazine on the Rising Stars list in the area of Plaintiff’s Employment Litigation.  She will also be featured in Boston Magazine in November 2016 and The Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts special section of Boston Magazine in April 2016…. Read More »

The Biggest Mistake Women Make When Being Sexually Harassed at Work

A long-time friend recently called me for some legal advice.  For purposes of this article, let’s call her Kimberly.  Kimberly explained to me how her newly hired direct supervisor kept making comments about her breasts.  At first Kimberly tried to dress even more conservatively at work and ignore him, but the comments persisted.  Then one… Read More »

Attorney Daniel O’Connell receives a 2015 Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award

Attorney Daniel J. O’Connell is the second attorney at O’Connell & Plumb, P.C. to receive the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award this year!  Martindale-Hubbell is the premier lawyer rating service in the country. Martindale-Hubbell gives the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award to those lawyers whose clients give the lawyer a 4.5 average rating (out of 5.0) in… Read More »