ERISA Preempts MA Agency In Benefits Suit: Judge

Law360, New York (June 29, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- A federal judge on Monday ruled that ERISA preempts a reverse sexual orientation discrimination claim brought before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, barring the state agency from continuing an investigation into a dispute between Partners Healthcare Systems Inc. and a heterosexual employee.

Partners brought the case before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, after the MCAD launched an investigation of an employees’ claim that it was discriminatory under Massachusetts state law for Partners to provide benefits to non-married same-sex couples but not non-married...
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