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Beth Gobeille Foley

Counsel

Boston
Direct: (617) 946-8304
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Ms. Foley is Counsel in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor and Employment Department, she focuses on single-plaintiff litigation and wage and hour litigation matters. 

Ms. Foley has experience in the representation of management in a wide spectrum of labor and employment law matters, including the litigation of discrimination, wage and hour, Family and Medical Leave Act, and retaliation claims.  Her successful representation of management against discrimination claims has included those asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Massachusetts’ Chapter 151B, and other state laws.  She has also defeated breach of contract and employment-related tort actions. 

As a member of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Foley has defended employers against a wide variety of claims under state and federal law, including nonpayment of overtime wages, employee misclassification, and violations of the Massachusetts Tips Statute (M.G.L. ch. 149, § 152A).  She is a contributing editor of Seyfarth’s publication Massachusetts Peculiarities: An Employer’s Guide to Wage & Hour Law in the Bay State.  Ms. Foley has wage and hour litigation and counseling experience in a number of different industries, including financial services, retail, and hospitality. 

In addition, Ms. Foley also regularly counsels employers on such topics as state and federal wage and hour law compliance, disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, performance assessment and discipline, reductions in force, defamation, the development of handbooks and policies, CORI reform compliance, and terminations of employees in sensitive situations.  She also provides counseling on employment law issues to a variety of charitable organizations, and she regularly provides pro bono legal services to victims of violent crime through the Victim Rights Law Center. 

During law school, Ms. Foley served as an Editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine, the most-cited health law journal in the United States. Ms. Foley worked in the mental health field prior to becoming an attorney, specializing in individual and family counseling and teaching undergraduate psychology courses at a major east-coast university.

Ms. Foley is Counsel in the Boston office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP.  A member of the Labor and Employment Department, she focuses on single-plaintiff litigation and wage and hour litigation matters. 

Ms. Foley has experience in the representation of management in a wide spectrum of labor and employment law matters, including the litigation of discrimination, wage and hour, Family and Medical Leave Act, and retaliation claims.  Her successful representation of management against discrimination claims has included those asserted under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Massachusetts’ Chapter 151B, and other state laws.  She has also defeated breach of contract and employment-related tort actions. 

As a member of the Wage and Hour Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Foley has defended employers against a wide variety of claims under state and federal law, including nonpayment of overtime wages, employee misclassification, and violations of the Massachusetts Tips Statute (M.G.L. ch. 149, § 152A).  She is a contributing editor of Seyfarth’s publication Massachusetts Peculiarities: An Employer’s Guide to Wage & Hour Law in the Bay State.  Ms. Foley has wage and hour litigation and counseling experience in a number of different industries, including financial services, retail, and hospitality. 

In addition, Ms. Foley also regularly counsels employers on such topics as state and federal wage and hour law compliance, disability accommodation, family and medical leave, workplace investigations, performance assessment and discipline, reductions in force, defamation, the development of handbooks and policies, CORI reform compliance, and terminations of employees in sensitive situations.  She also provides counseling on employment law issues to a variety of charitable organizations, and she regularly provides pro bono legal services to victims of violent crime through the Victim Rights Law Center. 

During law school, Ms. Foley served as an Editor of the American Journal of Law and Medicine, the most-cited health law journal in the United States. Ms. Foley worked in the mental health field prior to becoming an attorney, specializing in individual and family counseling and teaching undergraduate psychology courses at a major east-coast university.

Education

  • J.D., Boston University School of Law (2008)
    cum laude
  • M.S., University of Pittsburgh (2005)
    Applied Developmental Psychology
  • M.S.W., University of Pittsburgh (2002)
    Social Work
  • B.A., New York University (2000)
    magna cum laude
    Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Massachusetts

Courts

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Affiliations

  • Boston Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association

Representative Engagements

  • Oakley et al. v. Verizon Commcn’s, Inc., et al., U.S.D.C. for S.D.N.Y., Docket No. 09-cv-9175-CM (Feb. 1, 2012) (denying Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification in matter alleging Family and Medical Leave Act violations).
  • Rosnov v. Molloy, Mass. Sup. Jud. Ct., Docket No. SJC-10762 (Aug. 31, 2011) (finding statutory amendment mandating treble damages for wage and hour violations cannot apply retroactively to conduct preceding the amendment’s effective date).
  • Nguyen v. GE Sensing, U.S.D.C. for Mass., Docket No. 09-cv-10630-NMG (Jan. 13, 2010) (granting Motion to Dismiss plaintiff’s race discrimination complaint on res judicata grounds).
  • Wheeler v. Eastern Bank, et al., Massachusetts Superior Court for Suffolk County, Civil Action No. 09-0095 (July 27, 2010) (dismissing employee’s breach of contract, promissory estoppel, and sex discrimination claims) (currently on appeal).
  • Gonet v. HCC Aegis, Inc., Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Docket No. 16C-2011-00497 (June 30, 2011) (dismissing Complainant’s age discrimination claim) (upheld by MCAD on appeal on Sept. 30, 2011).
  • Kozodoy v. Eastern Bank, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Docket No. 16C-2009-01016 (Feb. 13, 2011) (dismissing Complainant’s age discrimination claim).
  • Minn v. Holiday Inn, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Docket No. 09BPA01690 (July 30, 2010) (dismissing Complainant’s allegation of national origin discrimination in a place of public accommodation).
  • Rector v. T-Mobile, Inc., Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Docket No. 09BEM00234 (June 30, 2010) (dismissing Complainant’s age and religious discrimination claims).
  • Hincapie v. Intercontinental Hotel Group, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Docket No. 09-13-01857 (May 15, 2010) (dismissing Complainant’s claims of race and color discrimination).
  • Arroyo v. Holiday Inn, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, Docket Nos. 09BEM01755 & 09BEM01755 (May 14, 2010) (dismissing father and daughter Complainants’ claims of race and color discrimination).
  • Representing major financial services firm in federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act and retaliation.
  • Representing major financial services firm in federal lawsuit alleging nonpayment of overtime wages and retaliation in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act and state law.
  • Representing national hotel brand in class action alleging violations of the Massachusetts Tips Statute.
  • Representing national chain of hair salons against allegations of sexual harassment and retaliation.
  • Representing national mattress manufacturer in federal lawsuit alleging disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Representing grocery retailer in federal lawsuit alleging race and national origin discrimination and retaliation.
  • Representing technology company against breach of contract claim.

Presentations

  • “HR Roundtable: Payment of Wages and Other Issues in Massachusetts,” Association of Legal Human Resource Managers (Sept. 7, 2011).
  • “CORI Reform,” Association of Legal Human Resource Managers (Nov. 3, 2010)
  • “Employment Law Update: Wage and Hour Law,” Northeast Human Resources Association (Oct. 2009 & Nov. 2010)
  • “2010 Discrimination Law Update,” Seyfarth Shaw Breakfast Briefing (May 20, 2010)

Publications