Rebecca G. Pontikes, a lawyer and founder of Pontikes Law, LLC, represents employees in all areas of employment law, specializing in gender and family responsibility (caregiver) discrimination and sexual harassment against employees and students. She graduated from Tufts University, magna cum laude in 1994, and from the University of Michigan Law School in 1997.
She specializes pursuing the rights of men and women who have been penalized at work because of gender stereotypes. Her gender stereotyping cases have been covered in both the mainstream press and by legal trade publications. (The Boston Globe https://www.bostonglobe.com/me... , New England In House – Suit against firm tests limits of anti-bias statute, Lawyers Weekly – Consultant can sue over Job Evaluation) She was a contributor to the development of tools to assist pregnant women in getting accommodations at work (www.pregnantatwork.org).
Ms. Pontikes regularly speaks on employment law topics and has been interviewed in connection with her specialty by the Boston Globe (The Catch-22 of Hiring Women to Fill Technical Roles), the New York Times (“Attitudes Shift on Paid Leave: Dads Sue, Too”), and NECN. Her opinion is frequently sought by legal trade publications (Mass Lawyer’s Weekly – Stereotyping can be basis for bias lawsuit, Massachusetts Lawyers Journal — Ending the myths about the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights)
She has written or co-written amicus briefs in support of employees six different cases, most recently Flagg v. Ali-Med, Inc. 466 Mass. 23 (2013) which established a right to be free from discrimination because of association with a disabled person and Gyulakian v. Lexus of Watertown, Inc., 475 Mass. 290 (2016) which affirmed the right of a woman to collect punitive damages because of sexual harassment.
She was selected by her peers as a "SuperLawyer" Rising Star in 2004, 2007- 2011 and as a “SuperLawyer” 2013-2017. Massachusetts Lawyer’s Weekly named her a Top Woman of Law in 2012. SuperLawyers named her one of the Top 50 Women SuperLawyers in Massachusetts in 2014.
Sub-specialties: Family responsibilities discrimination (caregiver discrimination), Gender stereotyping (social expectations on men, social expectations on women, social expectations on caregivers), Pregnancy discrimination, Accommodation for pregnant women, Sexual harassment (employee and student).
Pontikes Law, LLC
Beyond Just Talk with S. L. Young [October 13, 2015]
Congratulations to Peggy Young, But Pregnant Women Need Stronger Protections
Workplace Fairness Blog [April 1, 2015]
Ending The Myths About The Domestic Workers’ Bill Of Rights
Massachusetts Lawyer’s Journal [February 2015]
The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act Took Us Back to the Status Quo: Gender Discrimination Lives On with the Gender Pay Gap
Workplace Fairness Blog [June 25, 2013]
The Gap in the Law
MAHealthyWorkplace [July 4, 2012]
Interviewed by Lawcast on the use of previous sexual behavior in a sexual harassment lawsuit
Lawcast [October 26, 2009]