Employment Law

At Ferriter Law we have broad experience in all areas of employment law. If you feel you have been subjected to illegal actions by your employer, please contact us.

Employment Discrimination

Federal law prohibits most employers from treating employees differently because of their race, national origin, sex, age, handicap, religion, or genetic information. Massachusetts State Law, for example, protects employees from being discriminated against because of pregnancy, sexual preference, HIV/AIDS status, and marital status also.

Compensation

Employers illegally underpay their employees in numerous ways. We are experienced representing employees who have been denied overtime wages, earned tips, bonuses, or commissions, as well as unpaid interns.

Employee Rights

The Family and Medical Leave Act (or FMLA) provides time off for health issues, births, and adoptions. If you believe your employer may have violated your FMLA rights, please contact us today.

Retaliation

Retaliation occurs when an employer fires or otherwise changes the conditions of employment because an employee engages in legally protected activity, like complaining about discrimination, taking family or medical leave, or reporting unsafe working conditions.

Sexual Harassment

Most forms of sexual harassment fall into one of two broad categories: repeated unwanted sexual activity (like sexual jokes, comments, remarks or undesired casual contact) OR being subjected to a sexual request in exchange for some work-related benefit.

Severance Pay

While providing severance pay is customary in many industries and companies, there is no law that requires companies to provide severance pay. Even if there is no written agreement requiring your employer to pay you severance, however, we still may be able to negotiate a severance package for you.

Wrongful Termination

Unless an employer and an employee have an agreement otherwise, employees in Massachusetts are “at-will” employees. This means that, in most cases, they can be fired by their employer for no reason or any reason at all, even if the circumstances are very unfair. In certain situations, however, such as when an employee is terminated for a discriminatory reason, in retaliation for complaining about illegal activity, for whistle-blowing, or for exercising a legal right, like FMLA-leave, termination is illegal.

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