Our law firm has represented countless employers and employees in employment related legal matters. Our employment discrimination attorneys have experience handling disputes involving employment discrimination, violations of the Massachusetts Payment of Wages statute and the Massachusetts minimum wage act. We also draft and review employment contracts, workplace policies, employee handbooks, and other employment forms.
Employment Discrimination: Our law office provides expert representation and advice in all aspects of employment discrimination cases. We handle matters involving discrimination based on race, age (40 and over), gender, national origin, physical and mental disability, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, retaliation, marital status, familial status (with regard to housing), military status and arrest record. The clients we represent before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination are often awarded back pay, front pay (i.e. lost prospective wages) and hefty emotional distress damages.
Violations of the Massachusetts Payment of Wages Statute: The Massachusetts Payment of Wages Statute provides that an employee must receive his or her wages no more than seven days after they are earned. Wages include accrued unused paid vacation, commissions and bonuses. An employee who has not received his or her wages within the time period required under the statute may initiate a suit against the employer 90 days after filing a complaint with the attorney general. If the employee prevails in the lawsuit, G.L. c. 149, § 150 requires the employer to pay the employee triple damages for the unpaid compensation, attorney’s fees and court costs.
Violations of the Massachusetts Minimum Fair Wages Act: Under the Massachusetts Minimum Fair Wages Act (G.L. c. 151), employers must pay overtime at one and one half of the employee’s regularly hourly rate for all work in excess of forty hours per week. Certain employees are exempt from the overtime pay requirements, however the exemptions are limited to certain specific classes of employees. Under G.L. c. 151, § 1B, employees are authorized to institute a law suit against employers, or former employers, for violating the Minimum Fair Wages Act. If it is established that the employer violated the law, the employee will recover treble damages for lost overtime compensation, as well legal fees and court costs.
If you are an employer or an employee who needs counseling and representation from an experienced Massachusetts employment lawyer, call our office today.