CASE RESULTS

Here is a sampling of results from prior cases handled by our attorneys.

Wage and Hour Cases

  • Cable Technicians in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Virginia and Florida claimed unpaid overtime wages in violation of state and federal wage and hour law.  The case settled for a substantial sum for approximately 240 employees.
  • Paratransit Vehicle Drivers in Maryland claimed unpaid overtime wages in violation of state and federal wage and hour law.  The case settled for a substantial sum for approximately 525 employees.
  • Cable Technicians in Massachusetts claimed unpaid overtime wages in violation of state and federal wage and hour law.  The case settled for a substantial sum for approximately 190 employees.
  • A Salesperson from Pittsfield, Massachusetts claimed that she worked off-the-clock and was not paid for all of her hours of work and was owed overtime pay.  Attorneys at Connor, Morneau & Olin LLP were able to help her obtain all of the back pay and overtime compensation that she was seeking.
  • Cable Technicians in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia claimed unpaid overtime wages in violation of state and federal wage and hour law.  The case settled for a substantial sum for approximately 240 employees.
  • Satellite Technicians in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and New York claimed unpaid overtime wages in violation of state and federal wage and hour law.  The case settled for a substantial sum for approximately 2,800 employees.
  • Cable Technicians in Massachusetts claimed unpaid overtime wages in violation of state and federal wage and hour law.  The case settled for a substantial sum for approximately 100 employees.
  • Firefighters in Holyoke, Massachusetts claimed unpaid overtime wages due to the city's failure to properly calculate their overtime rate under federal law.  Attorney Morneau successfully argued that the city failed to include wage augments such as training pay, out-of-grade pay, defibrillator stipends, EMT stipends, longetivity pay, clothing allowance, personal day, and sick day buy-backs in calculating the firefighters' regular rate of pay.  As a result, the case settled for a substantial sum on behalf of more than 130 firefighters.

  • An Administrator from Westfield, Massachusetts was terminated after making numerous complaints about her pay and the lack of overtime pay when she worked more than 40 hours.  The employee filed state and federal wage claims in federal court seeking overtime compensation, liquidated damages, and emotional distress damages.  CMO lawyers were able to obtain a monetary settlement shortly after the complaint was filed.

 

Unemployment Appeals

  • A School Bus Driver in Hampden County was terminated after making a mistake on her route. Her employer then challenged her claim for unemployment benefits, thus leaving her without any income at all.  Attorney Olin successfully appealed the denials all the way to the Boston Board of Review and, as a result, won months of unpaid, retroactive unemployment benefits for the client.
  • An Acupuncturist in Berkshire County was fired and then denied unemployment benefits for engaging in alleged financial misconduct.  During a two-day hearing, Attorney Olin was able to disprove many the employers' allegations so that the client was able to receive all the unemployment benefits that he was due.

 

Union Representation

  • Correction Officers throughout New England have consistently relied on attorneys from Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP to work with their local unions to coordinate all of their many legal needs.
  • Attorney Connor has represented hundreds of grieving employees at arbitration hearings throughout Massachusetts for over fifteen years.
  • Municipal Workers and their unions, in towns throughout Hampden County, have hired Connor, Morneau & Olin, LLP to spearhead their collective bargaining, represent them at grievances, and lead their labor negotiations.
  • A Massachusetts union was sued by a rival union after engaging in petitioning activities at the Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations.  Attorney Olin successfully got the lawsuit thrown out of court under the state's anti-SLAPP law, and obtained a court-order for payment of the client's attorney's fees.
  • CMO lawyers have also successfully represented the myriad union needs of Cafeteria Workers, Newspaper Employees, Custodians, Police Officers, Nurses, and many others.

 

Employment Discrimination Cases

  • A Human Resources Manager from South Hadley, Massachusetts claimed lost wages, benefits, and emotional distress damages due to disability discrimination, along with unpaid overtime wages in violation of state wage and hour law after being terminated due to an alleged “reduction in force.”  Attorney Morneau was able to defeat the employer’s Motion for Summary Judgment and successfully negotiate a confidential monetary settlement for the employee.
  • A Shift-Worker for a large industrial plant in Hampton County claimed that the workplace was permeated with sexual overtones and that the worker was retaliated for bringing the harassing atmosphere to the attention of human resources.  After extensive depositions, Attorney Olin was able to engage in negotiations with the employers' attorneys and obtain a significant confidential monetary judgment for the worker.
  • An Office Manager from Worcester County was terminated after making numerous requests for a reasonable accommodation.  She filed a lawsuit in Superior Court and claimed disability discrimination, failure to accommodate a disability, and retaliation.  CMO lawyers helped defeat dismissal of the case and then negotiated a monetary settlement and references for the employee.
  • A Retail Clerk from Springfield, Massachusetts who was terminated shortly after sustaining an injury in an automobile accident and requesting a leave of absence claimed disability discrimination and failure to accommodate a disability.  Soon after filing a complaint in court, Attorney Morneau was able to successfully negotiate a confidential monetary settlement for the employee.
  • A Research Specialist from Worcester County claimed lost wages and emotional distress damages due to sexual harassment, disability based harassment, and retaliation.  After extensive litigation, the parties agreed to mediate their dispute with a former judge.  Attorney Morneau was able to successfully negotiate a confidential monetary settlement for the employee.
  • A Teacher for a private school in Connecticut approached CMO after the school refused to honor her employment contract, leaving her without a job.  Attorney Olin helped the teacher stay out of court and to negotiate a mutually-agreeable settlement.
  • A Shipper from Northampton, Massachusetts who was terminated after sustaining a work-related injury claimed disability discrimination and sought lost wages and emotional distress damages.  Shortly after the The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”) found probable cause to credit the shipper’s allegations, Attorney Morneau was able to successfully negotiate a confidential monetary settlement for the employee.
  • A Mechanic in Holyoke, Massachusetts, who was denied wages and overtime, sought help from CMO lawyers.  Attorneys Olin and Morneau successfully defeated a motion for summary judgment and then won a judgment for the mechanic, including triple damages, after a two-day jury trial.
  • Two Salespersons from Westfield, Massachusetts who quit after being subjected to severe sexual harassment by the owner of a multi-million dollar company sought lost wages and emotional distress damages.  Shortly after filing a complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (“MCAD”), the parties agreed to mediate the dispute with a private mediator.  Attorney Morneau was able to successfully negotiate a confidential monetary settlement for the employees.








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