Massachusetts Employment Law
There are a number of laws in Massachusetts protecting workers in the workplace.
Some of the most important Massachusetts Employment laws cover discrimination based on Age, Disability, Equal Pay/Compensation, Genetic Information, Harassment, National Origin, Pregnancy, Race/Color, Religion, Retaliation, Sex and Sexual Harassment.
Wages: You should be getting paid in a timely manner for the work you do.
Hourly Pay: If you are paid on a hourly basis, you are entitled to get breaks and get paid overtime if you work more that 40 hours in a 1 week period. Massachusetts Employment law protects hourly workers by imposing penalties on companies that fail to pay their workers properly.
Vacation: If your company agrees to pay you vacation pay, they must follow through. Massachusetts Employment laws requires that companies pay you what is owed to you; thus if you’ve earned vacation time, your company MUST pay you for this time, even if they fire or lay you off.
If you are laid off, fired or leave your job, your employer MUST pay you everything you are owed (including any earned vacation time). If your employer has not paid you what you’re owed, please call me office for a free consultation. Massachusetts Employment Law imposes severe penalties for companies that fail to pay you what is properly owned to you.
Sexual harassment: This is behavior of a sexual nature that affects your ability to perform your job or creates a hostile or intimidating working environment. Types of behavior that can constitute sexual harassment include unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and any other sexual, verbal, or physical conduct. You shouldn’t have to put up with this behavior just to have a job. If you feel as though this is happening to you, please free feel to contact my office to discuss your options. We can setup a plan of action to get you the relief you need.
If you’ve been subjected to any of these conditions, please call my office to protect your rights. 978-457-9090