Labor & Employment in Massachusetts
Your job—regardless of what job you do—is governed by a maze of federal and Massachusetts employment laws. You'll probably never need to know the specifics of most of those laws. The fact that you're treated fairly on the job and have a safe workplace means the laws are functioning as intended. But sometimes things break down. Your employer isn't aware of the laws or consciously decides to break them. When you sense that something is amiss, you should hire a Massachusetts labor and employment attorney to protect your rights and your safety in the workplace.
Types of Massachusetts Labor & Employment Laws
Labor and employment laws fall into a few broad categories. These include:
- Wage and hour laws which govern all things related to compensation, including laws related to the minimum wage, the length of the workweek, whether you're entitled to overtime and which taxes your employer must pay.
- Worker health and safety laws which are designed to protect the health and welfare of Massachusetts workers while on the job.
- Anti-discrimination laws, which help ensure that all job applicants and workers are treated fairly and not discriminated against based on their age, sex, religion, race, disability, color or national origin.
- Laws against wrongful termination, which are designed to protect employees who are whistleblowers, have employment contracts or are subject to collective bargaining agreements, or are the victims of discrimination.
- Anti-harassment laws, which protect employees from working in a hostile environment where there are demands for sexual favors or an uncomfortable atmosphere.
- Laws that protect employees with disabilities as well as workers who need to take medical leave.
Reasons to Hire a Massachusetts Labor & Employment Attorney
If you encounter any of these issues in the workplace, you'll want to speak with a Massachusetts labor and employment lawyer as soon as possible. The law proscribes specific procedures for addressing different types of employment problems, and your attorney can guide you through the process of reporting and resolving the problem. There's also often a specific time period during which you can report problems, so you may need to act quickly.
A Massachusetts employment attorney can also assist you in cases where no law has been broken. An attorney's assistance can be invaluable if you're negotiating with a current or potential employer. This might include negotiating a new job contract, a relocation agreement, a non-compete agreement, or a severance agreement.
In addition, you'll want to hire a Massachusetts employment lawyer if you've been injured on the job and need to file for workers' compensation or if you've been denied unemployment compensation after being laid off from your job.
Find & Hire a Massachusetts Employment Lawyer
If you need to hire Massachusetts employment attorneys, you can't afford to delay. In many instances, the clock is ticking to resolve a job-related problem, so you must act quickly.
Attorneys.com offers a free service that can connect you with Massachusetts labor and employment lawyers in your area. Whether you're in Boston, Springfield, Worcester or elsewhere in the state, we can put you in touch with a local attorney who can address your job-related problems. To use our service, phone us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. We'll ask you a few simple questions, then we'll quickly connect you with a nearby lawyer.