Signing on to a new job doesn’t mean that you don’t have rights in the workplace. Your employer may provide you with health benefits and a regular paycheck, but they have other obligations to you, as well. You are entitled to work in an environment that is free from ethical malpractice, harassment, discrimination, or intimidation.
If you’ve suffered any of the above at your job in Boston, you don’t have to go it alone. An experienced employment lawyer like those at HKM Employment Attorneys can help ensure you’re compensated for your damages and receive the fair treatment you deserve. Whether you work in the private or public sector, our doors are open to handle any legal issues you may have regarding employment.
What Do Employment Lawyers Do?
Review employment contracts
Employment contracts detail the terms and conditions of your position in a new company. They can include stipulations like a non-compete agreement, paid leave, or your severance package options should you be let go.
Some other matters addressed in an employment contract include:
- Job description
- Duration of your employment, if it is a temporary or fixed term
- Leave days
- Working hours
- Vacation days
Many times, the real details of the contract are obscured by legalese, making it difficult for the average worker to understand what they’re agreeing to when they sign.
That’s where an employment counselor comes in. An attorney can review the contract before you agree to sign and ensure that everything outlined in the contract is in your best interests.
The legal representatives at our HKM Employment Attorneys law firm have worked in all practice areas relating to employment law, so we know exactly what to look for when reading through an employment contract. We’ll put our years of experience to work for you, advising you of any stipulations that may cause you an issue down the road.
Provide legal counsel
Once the honeymoon phase of having a new job is over, you may find yourself in a situation that is less than ideal. A workplace that causes undue stress due to harassment, discrimination, or malpractice can adversely affect job performance or even cost you money.
You may want to address the issues yourself by confronting the guilty parties or reporting the issue to human resources. But for the future of your career, reaching out to a lawyer should be your first step. An attorney can provide you with the legal guidance you need to report issues using the proper processes set in place by your job or state guidelines. If the situation worsens, your attorney will already have the background needed to help you move forward with filing a claim against your workplace.
Handle employment discrimination claims
Federal and state employment laws prohibit an employer from discriminating against an employee in any aspect of employment, from the initial hiring to job assignments, promotions, and firings.
In Massachusetts, anti-discrimination laws protect employees from being treated unfairly or harassed while at work based on their identity in a protected class. Your employer cannot discriminate against you based on your age, race, sex, gender identity, religion, or disability.
Unfortunately, many people face a hostile work environment daily, despite the federal and state laws that are in place. If you are suffering from sexual harassment, religious discrimination, or lack of accommodations for your disability, then an attorney can help you file a formal complaint with your company. We’ll let you know what evidence you need to gather to support your claim and act as your advocate should your complaint lead to a workplace investigation.
Consult an Experienced Boston Employment Attorney
At HKM Employment Attorneys, we have years of experience helping employees in Boston seek the justice they deserve when facing harassment, wrongful termination, or discrimination in the workplace. We know that justice delayed is justice denied, which is why we cater to each of our clients as soon as they reach out to us.
Your first step is to contact us for an initial consultation. There, we’ll discuss the details of your case and decide on the best course of action to take.