Employment Discrimination Lawyers in Springfield and Northampton, MA
If you’ve been recently fired, you may be facing new challenges and stresses. You have to find a new job and may be facing financial strain as a result of your termination. In many cases, termination of employment occurs due to a company’s restructuring or due to performance issues. Yet, the law allow employers to fire individuals for a specific reason, and even for no reason at all. Despite this, there are certain unique cases where it is illegal to fire an employee. If you believe you have been fired for discriminatory reasons, or out of retaliation for exercising your rights, or out of a breach of contract, you may have legal grounds for a wrongful termination lawsuit. Contacting an experienced employment discrimination lawyer like Ray Dinsmore can guide you through this process and protect your rights.
Employers are barred from firing individuals because of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest record, or military service. If employers have six employees, they must comply with these laws. Establishing that you were fired due to these reasons is very important to ensure that your wrongful termination lawsuit is successful. If you believe you may have been subject to discriminatory firing, Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law are wrongful termination lawyers in Springfield and Northampton, MA who can help.
Additionally, the law protects individuals from being fired for asserting their rights. For instance, you cannot be fired for asserting your right to the legal wage of $8 an hour in Massachusetts, or for asking for legal holiday pay (which includes time-and-a-half for working holidays and Sundays), or for asking for a meal break if you work more than a 6 hour shift. Some jobs are eligible for overtime pay and if you are fired as a result of asserting these rights, you may have recourse to a wrongful termination lawsuit. Additionally, Massachusetts employees are protected by the Family Medical Leave Act, meaning that individuals are allowed to take 12 weeks off, unpaid leave to care for a new child, to deal with a serious illness, to care for a family member with serious health issues, or to handle issues related to a family member’s military service. Employers cannot fire parents for taking 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. Finally, if you have a legal contract protecting your job security, you may not be subject to being fired at will. If you think you have been illegally fired, to protect your rights, you should contact a wrongful termination attorney in Springfield, MA. Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law have years of experience helping individuals fight for their rights and seek justice in cases of wrongful termination.
Do You Need an Employment Discrimination Lawyer?
Just as an employer cannot fire you due to your race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, arrest record, or military service, employers must not discriminate against job applicants, and must not discriminate for job promotion based on these criteria. Discrimination is any unjust treatment of a person because of their affiliation or membership within a certain group. Employers are required to accommodate employees who have disabilities and to protect employees from harassment. Part-time and full-time employees hired by a workplace that hires more than six employees are covered by employment discrimination laws. If you have suffered from workplace discrimination, do not suffer in silence. An employment discrimination attorney can help you fight for your rights. Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law handle cases in Springfield and Northampton and have the experience and skill to ensure that your rights are protected and that justice is served.
Are You a Victim of Workplace Sexual Harassment?
A recent ABC News and Washington Post poll found that as many as one in four women have experienced sexual harassment. Unfortunately, many women and men who suffer from sexual harassment in the workplace fail to report it. Four in 10 individuals who experienced sexual harassment didn’t make a report due to fear of adverse repercussions. Sexual harassment is any abuse or offensive behavior that occurs because of a person’s gender. Unwanted advances, touches, or comments all count as sexual harassment. While merely expressing a romantic interest in a co-worker in itself is not sexual harassment, if a worker has explicitly expressed a lack of interest, any further overtures can be considered sexual harassment. If you have been subject to sexual harassment and worry about the possible repercussions of filing a complaint due to tensions in your workplace, it is important to understand that the law affords protections to individuals facing harassment. A sexual harassment lawyer can help you fight for your case. Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law are sexual harassment attorneys in Springfield, MA who can help you seek justice, protect your job, and ensure a safe workplace environment for you and your co-workers.
Dinsmore Stark: Experienced Employment Law Attorney
If you believe you have experienced wrongful termination, employment discrimination, or sexual harassment, it is important to know that the law affords important protections. For instance, if you’ve been fired, your employer is required to pay you for accrued vacation pay. You may also be entitled to severance pay and additional benefits. Facing any difficulties from your employer can result in undue stress and hardship. It can be difficult to fight your employer on your own. Dinsmore Stark, Attorneys at Law are employment discrimination lawyers in Springfield and Northampton who understand the intricacies of employment law. Contact us today. We can review your case and help you seek justice.