Discrimination

Whether you work for a large or small employer, the law firm of Elayne Alanis can help you recover compensation for discrimination suffered in the workplace. Although most employment is at-will, laws prevent employers from taking adverse action against employees in an unfair manner.

The employment laws include statutes designed to prevent discrimination such as:

  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
  • The Americans with Disabilities Act
  • The Age Discrimination in Employment Act
  • Massachusetts General Law Chapter 151B

Under these laws, employers cannot terminate or discriminate against employees for the following reasons:

  • Age
  • Race
  • Sex
  • Sexual preference
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Disability
  • Pregnancy

It is also illegal for an employer to consider these characteristics when making decisions regarding:

  • Hiring
  • Promotions
  • Job assignments
  • Termination
  • Wages

In addition to federal law, the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination works to ensure equality of opportunity by enforcing the Commonwealth’s anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws.

Sexual harassment

An employer can be liable to an employee for instances of sexual harassment. This can include unwelcome sexual advances, conduct, or other physical or verbal acts of a sexual nature that occur in the workplace. The following conduct is generally considered sexual harassment:

  • Direct sexual conduct—for example, an employer makes sexual advances or statements
  • Quid pro quo—job-related benefits are offered in exchange for sexual conduct
  • Hostile work environment—an employer maintains an overly sexual work environment

Wrongful termination

Wrongfully termination occurs when the termination breaches an employment agreement or when the employer forces the employee to resign because of negative employment conditions. Remedies for wrongful termination include reinstatement, lost wages, and, in exceptional cases, punitive damages.

Other employment law issues

There are also laws governing wage and labor disputes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act and National Labor Relations Act, and laws governing employee benefits like the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Our office also handles employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and non-solicitation agreements.
Regardless of the source of your employment law claim, we are confident that we can exceed your expectations. Please contact us at 617-263-1203 to set up a free consultation.