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FIRED BECAUSE OF YOUR ASSOCIATION WITH A DISABLED PERSON: YOU NOW MAY HAVE A CAUSE OF ACTION FOR DISCRIMINATION

Massachusetts' antidiscrimination statute, G.L. c. 151B, §4(16), bars employment discrimination on the basis of handicap. Flagg v. AliMed, Inc., a recent Supreme Judicial Court case presented the question whether the antidiscrimination statute bars an employer from discriminating against its employee based on the handicap of a person with whom the employee associates. The SJC held that it does in certain circumstances. 

Commercial Landlords Beware: Listen to Your Tenant's Complaints About Defects As A Court Has Ruled that You Can Be Liable For Double or Treble Damages

In a stern warning to commercial landlords, a Superior Court judge in Kuong, et al. v. Wong, et al., has ruled that a commercial landlord could be held liable for double or treble damages and attorney's fees under G.L. c. 93A, the consumer protection act, for his failure and neglect to remedy complaints of common area defects which were causing damage to leased units. 

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