If you have been wrongfully terminated from a job, you need an experience employment lawyer to advocate on your behalf. Matthew Fogelman will determinedly fight for your rights. He will explain the legal theories behind your case and strive to obtain the best possible results.
Employees must know that certain employment laws limit the circumstances under which an employee may be lawfully terminated. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 banned discrimination based upon race, gender, religion, or national origin. The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) of 1967 was enacted to protect employees age 40 years or over from suffering unfair disadvantages and stereotypes. In 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed to ensure that employees with disabilities or handicaps were provided with equal opportunities to participate in the workforce.
Massachusetts has similar laws outlawing employment discrimination based on race, gender, religion, or national origin, age, handicap, and sexual orientation.
Under both state and federal law, it is illegal to terminate an employee for reporting unlawful discrimination, and employers cannot retaliate against employees for whistle-blowing activities, which are considered protected activity. Recent cases have shown employees who have been terminated for reporting a co-worker's unlawful behavior; for reporting violations of safety laws; or for refusing to lie when demanded by the employer. In addition, employees who work on a commission basis will have a valid claim if they have been terminated because the employer is trying to avoid its obligation to pay the worker for work that has already been performed.