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Compassionate Springfield Employment Lawyer Protect Workers’ Rights

Established firm challenges unfair labor practices, discrimination and harassment in Massachusetts

Employees have the right to a workplace free of harassment and other forms of hostility. State and federal employment laws are designed to protect workers from discriminatory, unsafe and abusive conditions. Despite these protections, employers sometimes engage in unfair and illegal practices against their employees. If you find yourself in this situation, you can assert your rights under the law with our help. At the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic, we have more than four decades of experience challenging employers who harm their employees through illegal actions.

State and federal laws support a safe work environment

It is against state and federal law to discriminate against a current or prospective employee. In Massachusetts, the law prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity, age, criminal record, disability, mental illness, sexual orientation, genetics, or active military status. If you believe you have been treated unfairly because of one of these protected conditions, you need to contact our employment discrimination attorney. We have a long history of protecting the rights of workers who have not received equal pay or treatment.

Our firm is also a powerful advocate for victims of sexual harassment. It is illegal under state and federal law to make sexual advances, request sexual favors or subject a worker to verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. Sometimes the advance or request impacts an employee’s status, and sometimes the situation creates a hostile work environment — one that is intimidating, hostile, humiliating or sexually offensive. You have a right to be free of such an environment in the workplace.

If you believe you are a victim of sexual harassment, our law firm can file a claim with state or local employment authorities or file a civil rights lawsuit. Talk to us for an examination of the facts of your case and an assessment of your options.

Wage & hour laws in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts minimum wage law requires an employer to pay you for all hours worked, including time you are required to be on duty, either on site or at a designated place. You also must be paid for work before or after your scheduled shift.

The federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and Massachusetts law require employers to pay covered employees overtime pay — 1.5 times their regular pay rate for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

Massachusetts still imposes “Blue Laws” that controls hours of operation for certain businesses on Sundays and some legal holidays and requires employers to pay employees overtime pay to those who do. Numerous exemptions for certain business types exist.

Meals, breaks and vacation/leave for MA employees

Employers in Massachusetts must provide a 30-minute break for employees who work more than six hours in a day. No other breaks are required. If you work through your break, you must be paid for your time.

Employers are not required to provide employees with vacation benefits or severance pay. They must, however, provide paid sick leave to eligible employees. An employer in Massachusetts may also be required to provide an employee unpaid sick leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act.

Our law firm has a long history of protecting workers. If you think your employer has violated any Massachusetts or federal employment laws, you owe it to yourself to talk to us and see how we can help make you whole.

Contact an experienced employment law attorney in Springfield for a free consultation

For more than four decades, the Law Offices of Harold I. Resnic has helped workers fight for their rights. Schedule a free initial consultation by calling 413-301-9124 or contacting us online. Our Springfield, MA law office is near Hampden Superior Court and the Mass Mutual Center. We meet with clients Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our office has an on-site parking garage, and we are easily reached by public transportation.

Testimonials
  • "I was rendered totally disabled because of a car accident while my car was parked. The other driver’s insurance company has admitted that its insured was at fault but has refused to offer a fair settlement. Attorney Resnic has been aggressive in suing the insurance company for bad faith handling of my claim and is seeking three times my damages plus attorneys’ fees and costs. If you want an attorney that will fight for you, this is the guy. " - TD

  • "Attorney Harold Resnic is extremely professional, knowledgeable, and well-respected. He settled my Workers’ Compensation case for $350,000 when the employer disputed the fact that I even had an accident. He is now suing the people responsible for my injuries so that I can collect damages for my pain and Suffering." - LD

  • "I was seriously hurt in a fall on snow and ice in my employer’s parking lot. Attorney Resnic got me a generous settlement for the Workers’ Compensation claim and for my claim against the building owner and maintenance company for pain and suffering. I highly recommend Attorney Harold Resnic." - DG

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