The wave of workplace harassment allegations dominating headlines in recent weeks has been a wake-up call to employers to review their anti-harassment policies in Massachusetts. However, the best-drafted policies are meaningless unless companies have an investigation protocol in place that mandates a prompt and thorough investigation of any complaints of sexual misconduct in the workplace.
Massachusetts G.L. ch. 151B is the state statute that prohibits discrimination based on disability, and the interpretation of that statute sometimes differs from the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). One area where the two statutes diverge is an employer's obligation to transfer an employee to a vacant position.
Absent a written agreement in Massachusetts stating otherwise, employment relationships are presumed to be at-will. In other words, an employer can terminate an employee at any time for any reason, or for no reason, so long as it's not for a discriminatory or other illegal reason. Likewise, an employee is free to leave a job at any time.
Sexual harassment in Massachusetts is a type of employment or workplace discrimination that is based on verbal or physical abuse of a sexual nature. Victims of sexual harassment often suffer from the inability to perform his or her duties, psychological trauma, and, in many cases, a desire to terminate his or her employment to escape the harassment.
While popular culture continues to perpetuate the notion that "fit" is preferable to "fat," few people are aware that it's legal in 49 states including Massachusetts to terminate a person for the unforgivable sin of packing a few extra pounds.
From a visionary to a commander, there are different types of bosses. By understanding the leadership style of your manager, you'll be able to work with them better and create a path for success.
When you're negotiating settlement of a Massachusetts employment action, you have much more to consider than just "how much money." There are many non-monetary remedies that can either alone or combined with money bring the parties to agreement. And how money is paid out can also be a good bargaining chip.