Trusted Employment Litigation Attorneys
At Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, we understand the complexities of employment litigation. Such cases often arise in the most difficult of circumstances, including losing your job or being bullied and harassed at work. The experienced lawyers at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, understand how to guide clients through the seemingly overwhelming litigation process to ensure the best possible outcome.
Our employment attorneys handle a variety of cases, including:
- Age discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Nonpayment of wages
- Prevailing wage disputes
- Racial discrimination
- Religious discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Sexual orientation discrimination
- Wage classification disputes
Experienced Attorneys In Discrimination and Harassment Matters
Discrimination based on sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, race, and disability are prohibited by Vermont, Massachusetts, and federal law. It is also prohibited to retaliate against any employee for exercising their right not to be discriminated against. Despite such prohibitions, employees are too often subjected to discrimination and harassment at work. This discrimination and harassment can have devastating psychological consequences for its victims and often results in someone being terminated or being forced to resign because of the nature of the discrimination. The attorneys at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig, LLP, know how to guide their clients through these difficult times and to ensure that employees are treated fairly and receive the compensation they deserve.
We have experience practicing in front of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Employees in Massachusetts are usually required to file discrimination complaints with the MCAD prior to filing litigation. Such complaints often must be filed within 300 days of the occurrence of discriminatory conduct. After filing a complaint with the MCAD, our attorneys know whether it is more advantageous for employees to continue with their case in front of the MCAD or move it to a more traditional court setting. If you believe you have been discriminated against at work, you should seek legal counsel immediately.
Dedicated Wage And Hour Attorneys
Massachusetts and Vermont both have strict statutes that govern the payment of wages to employees. These statutes include provisions regarding payment of employees in a timely manner, payment of overtime wages, and payment of prevailing wages. Employers that fail to abide by those statutes can face stiff penalties, including triple damages, attorney’s fees, and administrative penalties. The attorneys at Donovan O'Connor & Dodig have experience prosecuting wage and hour disputes to ensure that employees are paid the wages they are owed.
Massachusetts and Vermont also have rules governing when an employee can be classified as a salaried employee and when an employee should be considered a wage and hour employee. Employers will sometimes misclassify an employee as salaried to avoid paying them overtime wages. It is important to note that only select positions with specific job responsibilities qualify as salaried employees. If you believe you have been misclassified as a salaried employee, you may be entitled to receive past overtime wages, triple damages, and attorney’s fees.
For help with an employment law matter, contact us today at 413-663-3200 in Massachusetts or 802-442-3233 in Vermont. Our attorneys have offices in North Adams, Pittsfield, and Springfield, Massachusetts, and Bennington, Vermont, to serve you.