Melinda Caterine

About the Author

Melinda Caterine is a partner in the New England office of the law firm firm Fisher & Phillips. She has practiced in the federal and state courts of Maine and New Hampshire, as well as before a number of federal and state agencies in several New England states, where she has litigated numerous sexual harassment, employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and employment contract dispute cases. In addition, she has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maine School of law where she taught a course on Employment Discrimination. Contact her at

Connecticut Becomes First State To Mandate Paid Sick Leave

By Melinda Caterine Gov. Dannel P. Malloy of Connecticut has pushed through the first state law in the U.S. requiring private employers to provide their employees with paid sick leave. Connecticut’s new law, “An Act Mandating Employers Provide Paid Sick Leave to Employees,” goes into effect January 1, 2012. The Act applies to…

Court: Company May Be Liable For Discriminatory Motives Of Non-Decision Makers

By Melinda Caterine The U.S. Supreme Court has held that an employer may be liable for the discriminatory motives of a supervisor who influences but does not make the ultimate employment decision. The Court’s March 1 ruling will impact employment discrimination claims where multiple individuals are claimed to have made, caused, or influenced…