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Employment Law

 

Employment Discrimination

Holbrook Employment AttorneyIf you are a member of a protected class, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against you on that basis. Naturally, your employer will deny any claim of discrimination and argue that you were not qualified or were not performing your job properly. You need an attorney who can uncover the truth. I successfully represent people of Massachusetts in employment discrimination lawsuits. Are You a Victim of Discrimination in the Workplace? Under Massachusetts law, the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other federal laws, it is illegal to discriminate on the basis of:

  • Age, race or ethnicity
  • National origin or religion
  • Sexual orientation (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender)
  • Disability (including failure to accommodate a disability)
  • Sex (including sexual harassment)
  • Family medical leave (including pregnancy discrimination)

 

Discrimination takes many forms: denying promotions or promoting less qualified co-workers over you, unequal treatment in job assignments or discipline, hostile work environment, not understanding your disability, and/or wrongful termination.

 

Wage and Hour Claims

Did your employer cheat you out of pay?

If you were not paid for overtime or you were not paid correct wages for work performed, then it is possible to go back and collect what is owed. In fact, under Massachusetts law you are entitled to treble damages (triple the amount) to punish the employer for pocketing the amount that is owed to you. I am an employment law attorney who has recovered back pay, front pay, and emotional distress under wage and hour claims. I have handled the full spectrum of cases in which employers knowing or incompetently shortchanged workers’ paychecks: Straight pay for overtime instead of time and a halfUnder-calculating wages Docking pay for damage or shortages that were not your fault Not allowing employees to take meal breaks or time off Requiring employees to clock out and keep working Hourly employees misclassified and paid salary to avoid paying overtime Employees misclassified as contractors and given 1099s instead of regular pay checks Many wage and hour claims stem from an unwritten agreement between a struggling employer and a loyal employee, overtime hours at straight pay, payment in cash to avoid taxes, etc., but when you realize the boss was taking advantage of you (and usually co-workers) you want and deserve justice. I know state and federal wage laws and how to calculate what your pay should have been. Contact me today for a free 30-minute consultation about your potential claim.

There is often no up-front fee; I get paid a percentage of the settlement or through court-award attorney’s fees.

Contact Doug Surprenant Today!

781-767-9300