Jacqueline A. Godoy
Jacqueline A. Godoy
Shareholder, San Diego
Formerly: Hostess, Toscanini Restaurant (Beaver Creek, CO); Fine Dining Server, Lucy's Retired Surfer's Bar (New Orleans, LA)
  • B.A., Environmental Studies, Tulane University;
  • B.A., Philosophy, Tulane University;
  • J.D., University of San Diego School of Law.

I am a southern California native who, after living in several wonderful places across the U.S., happily ended up back in my home state. I love San Diego’s sunny weather, friendly people, and endless number of things to do outside. Add to that San Diego’s emerging restaurant scene and world famous craft breweries and there’s no place I’d rather live. That being said, I love traveling, exploring new cultures, and meeting new people.

I’ve played pretty much every sport there is, including Division I women’s soccer at Tulane University in New Orleans. I am fiercely competitive and welcome a challenge. Whether it’s on the pitch or writing a winning brief, I strive to come out on top of the competition. I believe strongly in teamwork and collaboration as the means for achieving top results.

Working with hospitality clients has been a natural fit for me. I enjoy partnering with human resources professionals and managers in navigating California’s employment laws, as well as working through the day to day challenges of managing people. I am grateful to be practicing in an area of law that allows me to work directly with colleagues and clients on a daily basis. It is truly the personal aspect of my job that makes me love what I do. And when it comes time to fight the good fight, I couldn’t choose a better set of individuals to represent.

Massachusetts recently passed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which protects women from discrimination based on pregnancy, childbirth, and expressing milk. Effective April 1, 2018, it is unlawful for an employer to deny reasonable accommodations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions upon request unless the employer can demonstrate that the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.

On the flip side, the Act also makes it unlawful to require a pregnant or nursing job applicant or employee to accept an accommodation, including requiring an employee to take leave when there are other accommodations available that would not cause an undue hardship to the employer. The Act makes it unlawful to take adverse action against an employee who requests an accommodation, and mandates that the employee must be reinstated to her original job or to an equivalent position with equivalent pay and benefits upon return from leave. The Act makes it unlawful to make pre-employment inquiries regarding the applicant’s condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

What does this mean for you? Starting April 1, 2018, Massachusetts employers must post a notice, through a handbook, pamphlet or other means, of the rights of pregnant and nursing mothers to be free from discrimination in relation to pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions.

The Act also provides examples of what qualifies as a reasonable accommodation including but not limited to: more frequent or longer paid or unpaid breaks; time off to attend to a pregnancy complication or recover from childbirth, with or without pay; acquisition or modification of equipment or seating; a temporary transfer to a less strenuous or hazardous position; job restructuring; light duty; private non-bathroom space for expressing breast milk; assistance with manual labor; and modification of work schedule.

For more legal updates, check out our update for September 2017!