Tracey Spruce

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Tracey Spruce
Tracey SpruceOf Counsel

Practice Areas

  • Employment

  • Employment Litigation

  • Civil Mediation

Admissions

  • Commonwealth of Massachusetts

  • New Hampshire

Education

  • Boston College Law School, J.D., (Summa Cum Laude)

  • Middlebury College, B.A., (Cum Laude)

Tracey Spruce

Of Counsel

Giving compliance-based advice while keeping an eye trained on business realities is the hallmark of Tracey’s employment law practice.  Tracey provides counseling and training to employers to help keep them out of the courtroom, and when that can’t be avoided, she represents them in litigation.  Tracey also conducts and oversees workplace investigations into a variety of misconduct allegations, including sexual harassment, discriminatory practices, and bullying behavior.

Tracey represents a wide variety of clients involved in health care (including medical and dental practices), technology, renewable energy, life sciences, and professional services (including private equity, architecture, marketing and law firms).  Tracey has over 20 years’ employment law experience, and enjoys her work most when she helps her clients “do the right thing” for their employees, which is often what the law requires anyway.

Tracey began her legal career in the Labor and Employment Department at Foley Hoag LLP, and then served as in-house Employment Counsel for an internet company in Cambridge. In 2005, she started her own employment law practice, and in 2015 her firm, Spruce Law LLC, became Of Counsel to Archstone Law Group. Tracey graduated from Boston College Law School, summa cum laude and from Middlebury College, cum laude. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In 2009, she was named as a Massachusetts Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine. Super Lawyers magazine named her a Massachusetts Super Lawyer in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.

Tracey enjoys reading, cooking, yoga, and keeping up with her husband and two children on the ski slopes of Vermont.

Representative Experience

Advice and Counsel regarding:

  • Employment discrimination laws

  • Disability and pregnancy accommodation

  • Wage and hour laws

  • Pay equity laws

  • Independent contractor issues

  • Leaves of absence (Family and Medical Leave, paid sick leave, etc.)

  • Workplace violence

  • Non-competition, non-disclosure, and non-solicitation agreements

  • Employment policies and handbooks

Litigation Defense against claims of:

  • Discrimination and harassment based on sex, race, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity, national origin and other protected statuses

  • Retaliation based on complaints of unlawful harassment or discrimination

  • Wrongful termination

  • Breach of contract

  • Failure to pay wages and misclassification (independent contractors, overtime)

  • Whistle-blowing retaliation

  • Non-competition enforcement or defense against enforcement

Workplace Investigations into allegations of:

  • Sexual harassment and other types of hostile work environment

  • Unlawful discrimination

  • Workplace misconduct, including bullying behavior

  • Retaliation on the basis of protected conduct, including whistleblowing

Industry Experience

  • Architecture and design companies

  • Health care practices and industry related companies

  • Internet companies

  • Life sciences companies

  • Nonprofit organizations

  • Private equity firms

  • Professional services companies

  • Technology companies

Awards & Recognition

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers, 2010-2012 and 2014-2018

  • Massachusetts Rising Star, Super Lawyers magazine, 2009