Attorneys & Professionals

TEL: 617-479-5000
EMAIL: camara@mhtl.com

Ms. Amara practices in the areas of litigation, municipal and land use law.  She has represented municipalities in all phases of municipal law and litigation.  She regularly advises clients on a wide range of environmental, zoning, planning, conservation, wetlands, personnel issues, contracts, licensing, telecommunications, procurement, eminent domain, licensing, town meeting and governance issues.  She has counseled government officials and boards regarding their obligations under state ethics laws, public records laws and the Open Meeting Law.  Ms. Amara has litigated numerous cases before the Massachusetts state and federal trial and appellate courts and administrative agencies

Before focusing on a municipal law practice, Ms. Amara worked in both the public and private sectors, advising corporate and government entities on a wide range of complex environmental, land use, development, employment and corporate matters.

She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts City Solicitors and Town Counsel Association.  Ms. Amara is a graduate of Boston College (magna cum laude) and Boston College Law School (cum laude).

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Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce: Labor & Law Employment Update

MHTL attorneys Katherine Hesse and Kier Wachterhauser will be presenting information regarding important legal issues and developments in the Labor & Employment field at a Neponset Valley Chamber of Commerce (NVCC) event on Thursday, November 15th.  These presentations will include a comprehensive overview of major legislative/regulatory/case law developments, as well as best practices in navigating issues such as marijuana in the workplace and sexual harassment.

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Supreme Judicial Court Issues Important Decision Protecting Employers – Back Pay Awards Do Not Constitute “Wages” Under the Wage Act and Thus Are Not Subject To Trebling

In a recent decision, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC” or “Court”) declined to classify a court-ordered “back pay” award as “wages” under the Massachusetts Wage Act (“Wage Act”).   In response to a request for briefs from the Court, Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP (MHTL), on behalf of its public and private clients, submitted an amicus brief, supporting the defendant employer’s position.   The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and the New England Legal Foundation also submitted amici briefs.  This decision – a significant victory for employers – has far-reaching consequences and helps to protect employers from punitive and excessive penalties in many employment contexts.  Had the case been decided for the plaintiffs, it could have had significant ramifications for employers, extending the punitive damage scheme under the Wage Act (strict liability, treble damages, attorneys’ fees, individual liability, etc.) to a myriad of different employment contexts.

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