Greg Manousos is a litigator and counselor to colleges, universities, independent schools, businesses, non-profit organizations, and retailers. In-house counsel, human resources professionals, and heads of school look to Greg for experienced, day-to-day employment law advice and for practical and creative ways to maintain compliance with the wide range of employment laws while also achieving institutional and business objectives. He helps clients navigate discrimination and harassment claims, Family and Medical Leave Act claims, denial of tenure claims, wage and hour disputes, and litigation involving non-competition agreements. Greg also works with colleges, universities, and independent schools in handling sensitive and complex litigation involving students, including misconduct and other academic matters. Greg has tried more than 15 cases to verdict in jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations, and before administrative agencies.
Greg appears regularly before federal and state courts, as well the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, U.S. Department of Labor, and numerous other enforcement agencies throughout New England and beyond. A recognized leader, Greg is a frequent speaker at regional and national conferences such as the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and the Association of Independent Schools in New England (AISNE). He is a member of Morgan, Brown & Joy’s management committee, where he advises the firm on strategic and operational matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Greg served as counsel to the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). He prosecuted numerous discrimination and sexual harassment cases, represented the Commission in Massachusetts’ trial and appellate courts, and counseled the MCAD commissioners and staff on legal and policy matters. He played a key role in drafting MCAD Guidelines on the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act and the MCAD Guidelines on Disability Discrimination. Greg continues to work closely with state and federal antidiscrimination enforcement agencies, and he serves annually as a faculty member at the MCAD’s harassment and discrimination training program, and at an EEOC-sponsored litigation training seminar for agency lawyers and investigators across New England. As an MCAD-certified trainer, Greg conducts sexual harassment and discrimination prevention training for managers, faculty, and non-supervisory employees.
Greg has extensive experience advocating for and defending his clients. A sampling of his recent work includes:
- Obtaining a defense verdict in a complicated jury trial involving claims of discrimination and retaliation by a current employee.
- Successfully getting all of the plaintiff’s claims of discrimination dismissed on summary judgment in a denial of tenure case at a higher education institution in Boston.
- Obtaining a very successful resolution of a complicated claim involving a faculty member accused of sexual harassment by former students.
- Successfully arguing before the First Circuit Court of Appeals in an age discrimination claim involving a former retail store manager, obtaining a decision affirming the full dismissal of the case by the United States District Court.
- Receiving a successful defense verdict after a week-long trial at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in a case involving claims of discrimination and retaliation.
- Representing a university in navigating a resolution to a complicated matter involving the sexual assault of a student.
Greg represents clients across many fields and industries. A sampling of the organizations he represents include:
- Nearly two dozen institutions of higher education across Massachusetts, including Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tufts University, Amherst College, Brandeis University, College of the Holy Cross, Mount Holyoke College, Bentley University, University of Massachusetts, Merrimack College, and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
- Independent schools, including Northfield Mount Hermon, Phillips Exeter Academy, Cambridge School of Weston, and Perkins School for the Blind.
- Leading business institutions and technology companies, including Oracle, BAE Systems, Draper Laboratory, Grubhub and Harvard Management Company.
- National and regional retailers such as GameStop and Walgreens.
- Life sciences and health care organizations such as Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Goldfinch Biopharma, Corbus Pharmaceuticals and Shriners Hospitals for Children.
- Non-profit organizations such as Partners in Health, National Consumer Law Center, Hearth, and BalletRox.