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

Ms. Sherwood is an attorney in the Education Law Group at Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane. She primarily represents clients in regular and special education matters. Ms. Sherwood received her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego and her Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt Law School. While in law school, Ms. Sherwood participated in a domestic violence and family law clinic and spent her summers prosecuting criminal cases in the District Attorney’s Offices in Nashville, TN and San Francisco, CA. After her admission to the Massachusetts Bar in November of 2013, Ms. Sherwood successfully litigated on behalf of various state agencies as a Special Assistant Attorney General before the Massachusetts Superior Court. Subsequently, she litigated Care and Protection and Child Requiring Assistance cases on behalf of indigent clients before the Massachusetts Juvenile and Appeals Courts. As the trial and interlocutory appeals attorney, she was partially responsible for the father’s successful appeal in Supreme Judicial Court case, Care and Protection of Walt.

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Dr. Charles Desmond Receives Award from Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus for Black Excellence on the Hill

Congratulations to Charles F. Desmond, Ed.D., for being recognized by the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus (MBLLC) for Black Excellence on the Hill! Charlie has made numberious contributions to society, as well as MHTL as a member of the firm's Advisory Board.  The MBLLC Black Excellence on the Hill event was held at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday February 4, 2019, and those in attendance include Representative Carlos González, Representative Bud Williams, and Representative Chynah Tyler, who recognized Charlie as an Honoree at the event.

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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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