Katherine G. Rigby

Shareholder || Boston

Kate Rigby is a shareholder in the Boston office and has devoted her entire legal career to representing employers in a broad spectrum of employment issues and disputes. She is co-chair of the firm’s Life Sciences practice group. In addition to regularly litigating employment and wage and hour claims before state and federal courts and agencies, Ms. Rigby also provides practical counseling in all areas of human resources including discipline and termination, hiring, EEO complaints, accommodation of disabilities and personal leave of absences, employment agreements and restrictive covenants, handbooks and policies, and other compliance with federal and state employment laws.

Ms. Rigby also has significant experience handling investigations into internal employee complaints and providing employee and management training.  Ms. Rigby has personally conducted dozens of management and non-management equal employment and diversity/inclusion training courses for clients and has completed all MCAD-Certified Train-the-Trainer Courses. Before her legal career, Ms. Rigby worked in the human resources field in recruiter, generalist and management positions.

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Employment Litigation

Regularly defends employers in employment discrimination and retaliation cases in state and federal court and has obtained summary judgment in cases involving the following claims:

Obtained an arbitration award in an arbitration involving claims of gender discrimination and harassment, retaliation, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress and breach of contract

Wage and Hour Litigation

Defended and obtained favorable results for employers in state and federal court involving Massachusetts wage and hour laws including: alleged unpaid commissions and incentive payments, vacation pay, tip pooling, service charges, meal breaks, overtime, and minimum wage claims

Obtained summary judgment in a case involving claims of alleged unpaid commission payments pursuant to the Massachusetts wage and hour statutes and breach of contract claims

State and Federal Agencies

EEO charges  

Regularly represents employers before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has obtained favorable results defending clients in the following types of matters:

Wage and Hour charges/investigations

Represented employers before the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in response to individual and group wage and hour complaints


Conducted dozens of training courses for management and non-management employees including training on the following state and federal topics:

Completed all MCAD-Certified Train-the-Trainer Courses including:

Employment Counseling

Counsels employers on all human resource issues such as employment agreements (including confidentiality agreements and restrictive covenants), handbooks and policies, hiring new employees, employee discipline and terminations, conducting internal investigations, engaging in the interactive process required under state and federal disability laws, and compliance with other federal and state employment laws

Restrictive Covenant Matters

Successfully assisted in the representation of employers and individuals involving restrictive covenants disputes and litigation


Admittance to Practice

Professional Activities

  • Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association (Employment Law Section)
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • Northeast Human Resources Association (NEHRA)
  • Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)


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