Discrimination

Employment Discrimination Attorney Serving Fall River and Southeast Massachusetts

In Massachusetts, it is illegal to discriminate or fire someone in what is known as a protected class. This means that employers cannot discriminate against you because of certain reasons. State and federal laws protect individuals from workplace discrimination and provide remedies for any discrimination. All cases of employee discrimination must be commenced at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). There is a very short period of time in which to file your claim. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced workplace discrimination lawyer who can ensure your rights are preserved.

Call 508-296-0107 or toll free at 866-360-5082 for a confidential consultation to discuss your workplace discrimination matter with me, a skilled Somerset discrimination lawyer.

Experienced Employment Law Attorney Jennifer Smith Miguel

At Miguel Law Offices, in Somerset, Massachusetts, I have more than 17 years of experience as an employment law attorney handling a wide range of employment discrimination matters, including cases involving:

  • Pregnancy discrimination: Pregnant women who are discriminated against in the workplace are protected by federal and state statutes. It is illegal for an employer to use a female employee's pregnancy, childbirth or maternity leave as a basis for any adverse treatment at work.
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA): Qualified employees working for companies with 50 or more employees must provide 12 weeks per year of unpaid leave for birth or adoption of a child, or to care for a family member with a serious health condition or if the employee has his or her own serious health condition.
  • Massachusetts Small Necessities Leave Act (SNLA): This statute supplements FMLA and allows eligible employees 24 hours of leave during a 12-month period to participate in a child's school activities, to take a child to routine medical and dental appointments and to accompany older members of the family (age 60 and older) to doctor and dentist appointments.
  • Age discrimination: Employees age 40 years or older cannot be discriminated against in any aspect of employment.
  • Disability discrimination: It is illegal to treat a disabled employee differently from other employees in any aspect of his or her employment if the employee is a qualified handicapped person who is able to perform the essential functions of the position with reasonable accommodation (unless the employer shows that providing the accommodation would cause an "undue hardship").
  • Gender discrimination: Federal and state laws make it illegal to treat men and women differently in the hiring, firing, rate of pay or any other terms of employment.
  • Same-sex sexual harassment and sexual orientation discrimination: An employee is entitled to be free of sexual harassment at work. This includes sexual harassment by a member of the same sex. It does not matter if either party is homosexual or heterosexual. Moreover, employees have a right to be free of discrimination at work because they are perceived to be homosexual.
  • Race and national origin: Employees have a right to be free of employment discrimination because of their race, ethnicity and national origin.
  • Religious discrimination: Massachusetts law requires that employers treat all employees the same regardless of their creed or religion, and employers are obligated to offer a reasonable accommodation to the religious needs of its employees.

Discrimination claims can be difficult to prove. As an experienced Somerset discrimination lawyer, I know how to investigate a case properly and prepare an effective case when there is a valid claim for employment discrimination.

What Is Discrimination?

Discrimination can take several forms. You could have never been hired, been fired, been passed up for promotions or paid less than similarly situated co-workers. If this has happened to you, a workplace discrimination attorney can explain what options may be available for you to pursue legal action.

Discrimination Lawyer Serving Fall River, New Bedford, Taunton and Surrounding Areas

For additional information about employment discrimination, or to discuss your specific situation with me, experienced employment law attorney Jennifer Smith Miguel, schedule your confidential consultation today. Call me at 508-296-0107, toll free at 866-360-5082 or contact my law firm online.