Charles Desmond Received MLK Living Legacy Award from UMass Boston
Murphy, Hesse, Toomey and Lehane advisory board member, Charles Desmond was presented with the MLK Living Legacy Award during the Salute to Those Who Served event. The William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences, Salute to Those Who Served celebrated Black History Month and the value of serving one’s country, both soldier and civilian along with the NAACP chapter of the University of Massachusetts Boston.
This inaugural award was created to honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King and his pursuit of social justice and racial equality. Dr. Desmond’s commitment to educational opportunity has helped numerous people of color in the city of Boston. As stated by the UMass Boston NAACP president, Kamiya Parkin, “Charles is a man of color, a man who has not forgotten his community and realizes the importance of continuing the work that generations before have started.”
Charles Desmond is on the Advisory Board of Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane, LLP, a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a decorated veteran of the U.S. Army, receiving both Silver and Bronze stars. He visits Selma, Alabama annually to honor the Civil Rights Movement past and present during the re-enactment of the Bloody Sunday march.
Dr. Desmond’s first encounter with John Lewis was at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. At just 18 years old he was one of roughly 250,000 people from across America who gathered at the nation’s capital to attend the infamous march where, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his emotional and prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech. Among other notables who spoke, Desmond recalls that a young, 23-year-old John Lewis delivered a moving and emotional call for racial and economic justice and passage of overdue civil rights legislation.
National Labor Relations Board Changes Legal Approach to Employee’s Use of Profane, Racist, and Sexually Harassing Speech in Protected Activity
On July 21, 2020, the National Labor Relations Board (“the Board”) changed its analysis towards an employee’s use of verbally offensive behavior in the context of protected activity under Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (“the Act” or “NLRA”) in the following decision: General Motors, LLC, No. 14-CA-197985, 369 NLRB No. 127 (2020).