CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Grillo's Pickles

If you haven't been to the Grillo's Pickles website, you should. There, you'll find the fantastic story of how this company began. We've copied part of it here to save you a click.

Grillo's Pickles began with a pickle cart, just a small wooden stand in downtown Boston, where Travis Grillo and his friends would sell two spears for one dollar. Travis would make the pickles by night using his family's 100-year old recipe - one he'd memorized from making pickles every summer as a kid. In the morning, Travis would bike to the Boston Common and set up the cart with his buddies. They'd hang out all day, urging people to try the simple Grillo family pickle. It was a small business but Travis worked hard for it. He made more pickles, biked more miles, and slept less hours than he ever had before.
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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Factory Five Racing

Factory Five Racing was founded in 1995. Over the years they have grown from a start-up business in a small garage to become the world's largest manufacturer of "build-it-yourself" component car kits. They employ a full-time crew of about 40 people, and are located in Wareham, Massachusetts (about an hour south of Boston). They make their products right here in the USA, in the heart of New England where American manufacturing was born.
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Fred and Danny Magnanimi grew up watching their father create beautiful, handcrafted jewelry in the family's Cranston, RI jewelry manufacturing business. When the boys grew up, Fred moved to New York and began working on Wall Street as an investment banker, while younger brother Danny, still enamored by the family business, stayed home. Increased competition from overseas businesses created significant challenges for the business, but Danny was confident he could find a way for the family business to evolve and thrive. This was his mission, this was his passion.
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        Bias Claim Over Transfer Reinstated

        PS&H employment partner, Alicia Samolis, was asked by Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly to comment on a recent decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Caraballo-Caraballo v. Correctional Administration, et al.. The Court reversed the district court summary judgment and ruled that the plaintiff employee should be given the chance to show that her transfer was based on gender bias despite her replacement having superior educational credentials.

        Alicia, though not involved in the case, was quoted in the article published by Lawyers Weekly, providing an analysis of the Court’s determination. She noted that the rule in an earlier case – Johnson v. University of Puerto Rico – is not applicable when an employee’s transfer is challenged as discriminatory. In Johnson, the Court held that “a job applicant who does not possess the requirements specified by the employer cannot rely on her experience and reputation to show that she is qualified for the position sought.”

        Alicia noted, ”That might be the standard when someone is applying for a job…That’s not how it works when someone is in a job and gets transferred out.” She also found it significant that the Court rendered their decision at the prima facie stage, in which the plaintiff employee had the burden of establishing her qualifications yet not addressing whether or not the employer had a non-discriminatory basis for transferring her.

        According to Alicia, “The employer could come back and say that the legitimate non-discriminatory reason was that men who replaced her were more qualified….The fact that the plaintiff’s direct supervisor thinks she’s a good employee and wants her in the position would hurt the employer’s case.”

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