Employment Law Advice for Employees in Massachusetts
Where Should You Turn For Employment Law Advice?
When workplace issues arise, employees often seek answers to their questions and concerns. Whether it's about wrongful termination, intolerable working conditions, wage disputes, independent contractor status, sexual harassment, non-compete agreements, or other employment-related matters, knowing your rights is essential.
Navigating the Internet for Answers
The internet is a vast resource, and while it provides information, not all of it is accurate or applicable to your situation, especially if you're in Massachusetts. Employment laws vary from state to state, and it's crucial to have access to reliable advice tailored to your specific circumstances. If you're a Massachusetts employee seeking information about your employment rights, you're in the right place.
Common Employment Issues in Massachusetts
We've compiled a summary below of some of the most common employment issues that Massachusetts employees face. These are the issues people come to us with daily. Further information on each topic is available on the linked pages in each section.
Empower yourself with knowledge of your employment rights in Massachusetts. If you believe you've experienced wrongful termination, intolerable working conditions, wage disputes, misclassification as an independent contractor, sexual harassment, or non-compete agreement issues, don't hesitate to seek legal advice. Your rights matter, and understanding them is the first step to protecting your workplace well-being.
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Wrongful Termination in Massachusetts
Massachusetts follows the "at-will employment" doctrine, which means employers can terminate employees for various reasons. However, there are exceptions to this rule, and not all terminations are legal. Wrongful termination can occur if you are fired for discriminatory reasons, as retaliation for protected activities, or due to a breach of an employment contract.
Constructive Discharge: Should You Quit Your Job?
Deciding whether to resign from a job due to intolerable working conditions is a challenging decision. Resigning voluntarily may impact your eligibility for unemployment benefits and your ability to pursue legal action against your employer. If the situation is severe and tied to illegal activities like discrimination or harassment, you might have a claim for constructive discharge.
Wage and Hour Disputes in Massachusetts
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Independent Contractor Status in Massachusetts
Many workers in Massachusetts are misclassified as independent contractors when they should be considered employees. The state's Independent Contractor Law sets specific criteria for true independent contractor status, and misclassification can lead to legal consequences.
Sexual Harassment at Work: Your Rights
Sexual harassment is unlawful under both federal and state law. It includes not only explicit advances but also a hostile work environment. Learn your rights and protections against workplace sexual harassment.
Non-Compete Agreements in Massachusetts
Whether you're considering signing a new non-compete agreement or navigating one from a previous job, understanding your rights under Massachusetts non-compete law is crucial. Recent changes in the law affect the enforceability of such agreements.
Your Paid Family Medical Leave Rights
Massachusetts law now requires most employers, even small ones, to provide job-protected leave for family or medical reasons. This includes not only your right to take leave, but your right to return to work without facing retaliation. Learn more about the Massachusetts Paid Family Medical Leave Act.
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How Our Employment Lawyers Can Help
If you have concerns or questions about your employment situation in Massachusetts, it's essential to consult with an experienced employment attorney. Employment law can be complex, and professional guidance ensures you fully understand your rights and options. You can use the button below to schedule a call back from a member of our team, or give us a call at 781-784-2322.