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Unpaid overtime is a violation of wage and hour laws

In today's economic climate, businesses are constantly looking for ways to gain a competitive edge by improving efficiency and cutting costs, which directly increase profits. In an effort to streamline business models, companies can sometimes unlawfully neglect their hard-working employees. There are wage and hour laws at the federal and state level that protect employees in Massachusetts and across the country from unfair business practices. A man in another state recently filed a lawsuit after his employer allegedly broke these laws.

The man alleges that his former employer failed to pay him for overtime hours worked and also made him work through meal breaks and rest periods. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was required to work an on-call rotation that required him to be available around the clock. The plaintiff claims that this on-call rotation often equated to employees working at rates below minimum wage due to the amount of work done during on-call periods.

Woman claims retaliation resulted in wrongful termination

Its common knowledge to most workers that they are protected by law from harassment and discrimination in the workplace. These same laws also protect workers from retaliation by their employers. Employees can experience retaliation in a number of ways, such as a demotion, reduction in pay or even termination. Workers in Massachusetts and all across the country should be able to speak up about concerns in the workplace without fear of retaliatory acts by their superiors. A woman in another state was allegedly fired after she made complaints about policies not being followed in her workplace, and she has filed a lawsuit alleging wrongful termination.

The plaintiff claims that she was fired for allegedly speaking up about a policy not being followed. She claims her gender and disability were additional reasons for her termination. The plaintiff also alleges that she experienced verbal assault and harassment, which caused her emotional distress.

Use of FMLA medical leave leads to alleged wrongful termination

For many Massachusetts residents, employment is not only about the salary, but also about the many benefits that employees receive. These benefits include such things as dental and health insurance, paid vacations and paid medical leave. Employees should never be reprimanded for using benefits or exercising rights to which they are entitled. Unfortunately, some employers in today's fast-paced world of business will retaliate against employees for taking advantage of these agreed-upon benefits. A man in another state was allegedly fired for using medical leave, and he has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.

The plaintiff worked for a health care system and was diagnosed with HIV several years ago. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff was approved for intermittent medical leave per the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to provide job-protected medical leave for qualified employees. After returning from medical leave, he was allegedly retaliated against and terminated from his position.

Former deputy alleges workplace discrimination

Discrimination in any form is not only wrong, but can have many profound and traumatic impacts on victims. Unfortunately, discrimination continues to happen in today's society, but it is often illegal when it happens in the workplace. In Massachusetts laws exist to protect employees from workplace discrimination, but it still happens. A worker in another state recently filed a lawsuit after he was allegedly discriminated against because of his skin color.

The plaintiff worked as a deputy in another state. According to the lawsuit, he was one of three African-Americans employed at a Sheriff's office, but the only one with a dark complexion. The plaintiff claims he once told his superiors that he was aspiring to be an FBI agent, but was threatened to be fired if he ever spoke of it again.

Retaliation cited in wrongful termination lawsuit

Full time employees in Massachusetts and across the United States are protected by established rights and laws. Full time employment is not only about pay but also about benefits that come with employment. Their benefits typically include health and dental insurance, paid time off, as well as paid medical leave that can be used when workers suffer a significant injury that may prevent them from working. What can be done when an employee is terminated for using medical leave? This allegedly happened to a woman in another state and she has filed a lawsuit, claiming wrongful termination.

The woman worked as a grill operator in a restaurant and filed a lawsuit against her former employer, alleging that she was fired as an act of retaliation for using medical leave. According to the lawsuit, the woman suffered an injury related to a health condition that prevented her from performing essential parts of her job. Since the injury allegedly required surgery and significant recovery time, the woman informed her superiors that she would need to take medical leave.

Assistant nursing director files wrongful termination suit

Everyone knows that losing a job can have significant financial ramifications. The loss of a job can also be an emotionally and psychologically traumatic experience, especially when a job is lost as a result of retaliation. When employers are caught in unlawful business practices, they will often retaliate against employees for speaking up. Workers in Massachusetts and all across the country have a right to speak up about concerns in the workplace without fear of retaliation. Recently, a woman in another state filed a lawsuit against a former employer alleging wrongful termination.

The woman worked as an assistant nursing director for a senior living center. According to the lawsuit, the woman reported the director of nursing for stealing drugs. The woman claims that not long after the reported theft, she was terminated from her job.

Employer allegedly breaks wage and hour laws

These days, many workers may feel like they are overworked and underpaid. There are laws in Massachusetts and at the federal level providing that workers must be paid for the work they perform. When full-time employees put in more than 40 hours a week, it is required by law that they get paid overtime. However, some employers choose to incorrectly pay their employees, which is a direct violation of wage and hour laws. A worker in another state recently filed a federal lawsuit over allegations that her employer failed to pay overtime.

The woman worked for a communications business. She filed a lawsuit after her employer allegedly neglected to pay her for working overtime hours. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff worked more than 40 hours in a week for several weeks performing security and cable installations without receiving overtime pay.

Restaurant allegedly violates wage and hour laws

It is only fair that workers in the state of Massachusetts and across the country get paid for the work they provide. Unfortunately, employers are constantly looking for ways to cut costs and save money. These cost-cutting measures can sometimes directly affect the salaries of employees. Wage and hour laws exist to protect workers and ensure that employees are properly paid. Recently, a lawsuit was filed in another state after workers were allegedly not paid for routinely working overtime.

According to the lawsuit filed by several former employees of a restaurant, their managers asked them to work more than 40 hours a week at several locations and did not pay them overtime wages. The employees claim that they would work at two different restaurant locations, clocking in over 40 hours. However, the employer counted those hours individual to each restaurant and collective. The plaintiff also claim that they were also required to share tips with managers.

Disabled worker faces workplace discrimination

Unfortunately, even in today's world, discrimination in the workplace is a continuing problem that often goes unchecked. Discrimination is wrong and can exist in many forms. In the state of Massachusetts and across the country, workers with disabilities have rights and are protected by law. Tragically, even those with disabilities can face workplace discrimination. Recently, a worker in another state filed a lawsuit after she allegedly experienced discrimination from her employer for being disabled.

The woman worked for a call center company and, according to the lawsuit, needed time off after undergoing three surgeries on her hands. Allegedly, she was never informed of her eligibility for leave rights. The plaintiff claims that when she returned to work, she was given fewer hours of work and was transferred to a lower position without any reason. The lawsuit claims that the plaintiff also was subjected to disciplinary action.

Woman claims sexual discrimination led to wrongful termination

Loss of employment is an experience that can have significant impacts on any person, both psychologically and financially. This experience can be especially traumatic when employment is lost as a result of harassment and/or discrimination. In Massachusetts and other states, there are laws in place to protect workers from harassment and discrimination. A woman in another state filed a lawsuit after alleged harassment and discrimination led to what she claims was a wrongful termination.

The woman worked for a convenience store chain. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff worked 40 hours a week for a period of about two years. Allegedly, during her employment, the plaintiff was subjected to sexual exploitation by a co-worker. The plaintiff says that her co-worker made outrageously indecent and sexually explicit comments toward her.

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