Attorneys & Professionals

Arthur P. Murphy

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

Mr. Murphy's legal career emphasizes management labor, corporate and litigation matters. Selected in the publication of Best Lawyers in America, Mr. Murphy represents many large and small businesses, including Fortune 500 corporations, and serves as counsel to a variety of trade associations as well as major governmental agencies in all areas of labor and employment law. Mr. Murphy has presented and argued hundreds of cases including labor and employment matters in proceedings at the administrative, state and federal levels. He has successfully argued labor and employment cases at both the state and federal levels, including the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

Mr. Murphy is a former member of the Governor's Task Force on Labor-Management Relations, and past President of the Boston Chapter of the Industrial Relations Research Association and advisory counsel to the American Arbitration Association. In addition, Mr. Murphy is a member of the Labor Relations Advisory Committee, a select panel of the nation's leading labor relations attorneys and he has served on a national team of seven lawyers that advises an association of 1,200 hospitals across North America. Mr. Murphy is a former Chairman of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, former Advisory Director of the Bank of Boston, and a Director of Quincy Mutual Insurance Company and other profit and non-profit corporations and trade associations.

In December 1989, Mr. Murphy was honored as a recipient of the Cushing-Gavin Award for management representation in the field of labor relations. In 1996, Mr. Murphy was elected as a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Law. Mr. Murphy was one of only fifty practicing attorneys in the nation honored with the Fellowship appointment, and was the only attorney in Massachusetts to receive the Fellowship. Mr. Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Suffolk University Law School. He is admitted to the Bars of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

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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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