Representation of Employees
The Callahan Law Group, LLC represents individuals in employment matters, involving wage and hour issues, discrimination, wrongful termination, and contract disputes. Unfortunately, employees are subjected to unfair and illegal treatment by their employers far too often. Most of the time, these violations result in severe economic consequences for the employee. Employees in these situations often feel powerless - the Callahan Law Group, LLC is devoted to returning the power to the employees through representing them with their respective claims. If you feel as though you have been treated unfairly by your employer, even if you're not sure if it was illegal, do not hesitate to contact the Callahan Law Group, LLC today for a free consultation and evaluation of your rights.
Massachusetts General Law chapter 149, section 148, commonly referred to as the Massachusetts Wage Act, protects individuals from being exploited and not paid their fair rate. Main protections of this law include paying a terminated employee for all wages, vacation time, and sick time on the date of termination, not at the next pay cycle. One common problem involves an employee being terminated and only paid upon the return of company equipment. This is illegal. The company must pay the employee regardless of outstanding equipment to be turned in – although the employer may have a claim against the employee for this equipment.
Another common violation of the wage act is in the form of misclassification of an employee as an independent contractor. This misclassification can have severe economic consequences on the employee, which a wage act claim can remedy.
Massachusetts General Law chapter 151B protect individuals from being discriminated against on the basis of being in a protected class such as race, religion, national origin, sex, color, or ancestry. Employers who take adverse actions against employees because the employee is a part of a protected class are violating the law. In Massachusetts, employees are also protected against discrimination based on pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, and others.