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July 2, 2019

Gregory is a U.S. Attorney in the Civil Rights Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office. While Greg enforces all federal civil rights statutes, he has recently focused on the civil rights for individuals in recovery for substance use disorder. Prior to working at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Greg enforced fair housing statutes for HUD. Greg is also an instructor at UMass Amherst where he teaches Public Policy. He obtained his Ph.D. from UMass Amherst, and his law degree from Northeastern University.

June 26, 2019

Question: I am having surgery and will be out of work for a few days. When I return, I am required to undergo a fitness for duty exam, which will uncover my use of Suboxone as prescribed. I was told that I would be fired for using Suboxone. I can’t stop using Suboxone and put my recovery at risk. Since going in to recovery in 2003, I’ve never had an issue at work. Can I be fired for using Suboxone?

June 11, 2019

Question: A person is scheduled to restripe a parking lot. Is there a requirement for the painted lines to be the color blue?

March 19, 2019

Question: A person with a disability comes to work with a service animal. The employee did not ask if they could bring their service animal. The employer was unaware of the service animal prior to person starting work. They showed up with the service animal. Can the employer ask for documentation?

January 29, 2019

Question: We received a call from an employer who is having difficulty with a new employee who is a recruiter for the company. This employee has had performance issues which have been addressed on two occasions. She has been placed on probation because she is not performing the job requirements. While discussing steps to release her with HR, she disclosed that she has depression and anxiety; she canceled a meeting with other team members; and then called out of an event that she was expected to be working as part of her job, which left another staff member on their own.

December 11, 2018

Question: A property management company wanted to improve pedestrian access for an employer to a parking area. The new path would connect the parking area to a restricted employee-only entrance. The building already has one accessible restricted employee-only entrance. Is an accessible route required, which may include ramps, or could they construct a simple (inaccessible) path?

November 6, 2018

Question: We received a call from a mother whose son with a disability attends his school's afterschool program until recently when he was hospitalized for three weeks for disability-related reasons.  He is ready to return to school and his afterschool program. The program is first-come-first-serve and has a waitlist. Though the mother had already paid for her son to attend the afterschool program, the school gave his slot to another student.

September 12, 2018

This free, self-paced course covers the rights of people with disabilities in housing under the Fair Housing Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the ADA. The focus is on reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications. We will address the definition of disability, the differences between accommodations and modifications, documentation of disability that a housing provider may require, undue burden, fundamental alteration and the request process. Approximately 2 hours. To register go to learn.newenglandada.org

July 26, 2018

Watch PJ Moynihan's new documentary short, 'Recovering Addiction'. And laugh with one of Boston's top comedians Amy Tee as she presents chemical-free comedy, taking self-help to hilarious new heights. Jack Lynch will also join us. A Boston native, with 25 years of experience, has taken his comedy on the road and toured all over the U.S. and parts of Canada.

February 28, 2018

A recent Boston Globe Article focused on re-branding senior centers to attract baby boomers by offering programs like dance, yoga, hiking and canoeing. From New Bedford to Salem – a change is gonna come.

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