Workers in Massachusetts and all across the country have a right to speak up about concerns in the workplace without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, employers can and do retaliate against employees for speaking up, often resulting in termination of the whistle-blowing employee. Recently, a man in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against a former employer that resulted in a significant settlement.
Discrimination comes in many forms and can affect anyone. Everyone knows that discrimination in any form is wrong and can have negative and lasting effects. In the workplace, discrimination is a problem that employers cannot afford to ignore. Not only is workplace discrimination wrong, it is also illegal in the state of Massachusetts and all across the United States. A recent lawsuit filed in another state resulted in a $30,000 settlement and is a perfect example of just how costly it can be for employers to allow discrimination in the workplace.
Employers in Massachusetts and across the country are obligated to protect their employees by providing a safe work environment. Stringent laws and regulations exist today to protect workers from hazards in the workplace. In today's economy, many businesses are looking to cut costs, and by doing so, they often jeopardize the safety of their workforce. Recently, a worker in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was allegedly fired for pointing out several safety violations.
Overworked and underpaid is an oft used, sarcastic phrase that can be heard in the exchange of small talk among workers in many Massachusetts offices these days. Although workers innocently use this phrase to impart humor into a monotonous daily work-life, there are actual laws that exist to protect workers from being overworked and underpaid. Failing to properly pay employees is a direct and clear violation of wage and hour laws. Unfortunately, this scenario played out in the lives of several employees of a nail salon in another state.