While legislators rallied and debated for higher pay for workers in Massachusetts and across the country, employees in the U.S. Senate cafeteria were being denied the wages they justly earned. After a year of controversy and investigation, the Labor Department's division overseeing wage and hour laws recently reported that over 670 contract employees in the Senate cafeteria had been misclassified into lower-level jobs with lower pay. Many were required to work before clocking in.
Google is one of the most well-known websites on the internet, and most people in Massachusetts use at least one of its many services when hopping online. While Google's search engine, email service and cloud storage are used by people of all ages, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission suspect that its headquarters is less accommodating. The company is currently under investigation for allegedly exercising workplace discrimination based on workers' ages.
Each and every worker in Massachusetts should be able to expect that they will be treated with respect in the workplace, and that their forward mobility in a company will be based on their performance and respective qualifications. Unfortunately, this is simply not the reality for many employees across the state. Workplace discrimination continues to create hostile work environments, and we fight for victims and their right to a safe workplace.
Contracts are essential for many Massachusetts employees. Aside from setting pay, contracts also address vacation time, pension and health insurance. Employers and their workers are sometimes at odds over the terms outlined in contracts, leading to employment disputes that do not always have clear resolutions.
The Massachusetts workforce is perhaps more knowledgeable than ever when it comes to anti-harassment strategies for the workplace. Most company handbooks outline specific behaviors that are unacceptable while state and federal laws also provide clear guidelines. This might lead some to believe that workplace discrimination is becoming a thing of the past, but a recent study uncovered that discrimination and harassment is a real and ongoing issue.