When your company fails to pay you for all of your work, your boss crosses the line, or the company you work for fails to comply with state or federal labor laws, employment attorneys can help you stand up for your rights and, in most cases, get you all the compensation to which you may be entitled. Connor & Morneau, LLP specializes in evaluating claims and helping clients navigate the complex world of employment law.
Wrongful Termination And Discrimination
Being let go from your job is never easy, but if you feel you’ve been terminated unfairly, you may be able to seek compensation. While Massachusetts is an at-will state, meaning both employees and employers can terminate their agreement at any time, there are exceptions, such as discrimination, that may give you grounds to file a claim.
According to federal and state laws, employers cannot discriminate based on:
- National origin
- Mental or physical disability
- Gender identity
- Active military status
Employers also cannot terminate someone for reporting a dangerous situation, for example, complaining about discrimination, harassment, wages, or unsafe work conditions. Employees are also protected from retaliation if they pursue certain employment-related benefits, such as workers’ compensation, or refuse to accommodate an illegal or immoral request made by an employer.
If you feel like you were terminated based on discrimination or in retaliation after standing up for your rights, contact the team at Connor & Morneau, LLP immediately to schedule an honest, comprehensive evaluation of your case.
Breach Of Contract
Another possible exception to the default of at-will employment in Massachusetts is if an employee signs a contract with their employer, acknowledging that there’s some job security in place. Both oral and written agreements are generally acceptable, though even implied agreements, such as your boss saying you have a job for as long as you want, could have legal standing. In these cases, if your employer fires you without cause, you may be able to sue for breach of contract.
Every employee has the right to work without the threat of sexual advances or innuendos derailing their day and infringing on their personal space. Some people may not understand what behaviors are acceptable. If you’ve experienced any of the following actions at the hands of a coworker, supervisor, or other individuals you encounter in a professional environment, you may be a victim of sexual harassment:
- Unwanted/uninvited touching
- Sexually suggestive language
- Repeated comments on appearance, attractiveness, or other physical traits
- Requests for sexual favors
- Offers of professional advancement in return for sexual acts
- Sharing or posting inappropriate photos in the workplace
- Creating or sharing rumors of a sexual nature
- Questions about someone’s sex life or sexual history
Other Employment And Labor Law Issues
Connor & Morneau, LLP also helps employees and organizations who need assistance with various issues, such as bargaining, arbitration, and appeals. Perhaps you’ve been denied overtime pay despite exceeding the maximum state hours worked per week, or you’re routinely instructed to skip lunch despite meeting the hour requirements necessary to get a 30-minute break. There are also laws in place to protect employees who need to take time off for military leave, jury duty, voting, and FMLA. Any time you suspect these rights have been infringed upon by an employer, it’s important to consult an attorney who you can offer professional advice on where you stand and how best to proceed.
Reach Out To Our Employment Attorneys Today
Since 2011, the employment attorneys at Connor & Morneau, LLP have made it their mission to help workers defend their rights. Our team has more than 100 years of collective experience — that’s a century of hands-on expertise combined with a love of law and a passion for educating and empowering every one of our clients. For more information on our legal services, contact us today.