The Rhode Island Supreme Court has just issued a decision in favor of the firm’s client in an employment discrimination/defamation case. Kristen M. Whittle presented oral argument on behalf of the client, and Matthew R. Plain and Melissa C. Benner also participated in the case. The Supreme Court considered an appeal brought by a former employee of the firm’s client, a Rhode Island-based non-profit agency, after the Newport County Superior Court dismissed all of his claims. The former employee had accused the agency of defamation, discrimination, constructive termination, and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. However, the Supreme Court affirmed the dismissal of all such claims, holding that the facts as alleged by the plaintiff did not entitle him to relief. The full text of the Court’s decision is available here.
Kristen is a partner at Barton Gilman and an experienced civil litigator who focuses her practice on employment law, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, and products liability litigation. She actively practices in the courts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. In addition to her litigation work, Kristen regularly advises employers on all aspects of the employment relationship—from hiring through separation—and she frequently reviews and revises personnel policies and handbooks. She has been named a 2019 Up & Coming Lawyer by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly, 40 Under Forty by Providence Business News, and a Rhode Island Super Lawyers Rising Star since 2013.
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Barton Gilman serves clients throughout the Northeast with offices in Boston, Providence and New York, offering legal services in a wide variety of matters, including medical and other professional liability defense, premises liability and business litigation, as well as education law, employment, family law, insurance coverage, trusts and estates, criminal defense, corporate formation and intellectual property. The firm and its attorneys have received numerous awards and accolades, including Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms, Best Places to Work Rhode Island, Outstanding Philanthropic Business, the Common Good Award, and Super Lawyers.