Proving Emotional Distress In Employment Discrimination Cases

Sunday, April 1, 2007 - 00:00

The Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) this month has scheduled a CLE seminar titled Effectively Proving Emotional Distress Damages in Employment Discrimination Cases in Court, Before the MCAD, at Arbitration and in Mediation.

The program will take place on Wednesday, April 25 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the MBA Conference Center, 20 West Street, Boston.

This interactive seminar will initially feature a mock presentation of evidence on the narrow issue of emotional distress damages before a superior court judge, MCAD hearing officer, arbitrator and mediator. These neutrals will be presented with fact patterns involving the elements necessary for proving emotional distress damages as articulated by the Supreme Judicial Court in its Stonehill College decision, which currently serves as a guide to litigants attempting to prove or dispute emotional distress damages. Then, the neutrals will be separated and asked to provide his/her respective opinions on the facts - including rulings if appropriate - and to thoroughly explain his/her analysis.

This seminar will highlight the ways in which the emotional distress analysis is applied through the diverse "prism" of the finder of fact in the context of litigation, at the state administrative agency level and through alternative dispute resolution.

Program co-chairs are David E. Belfort, Corrigan, Bennett & Belfort PC, and Claudia T. Centomini, Foley Hoag LLP.

For details on program fees, see the Bulletin Board on The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel website at

To register for the seminar, call (617) 338-0530 or visit