All too often, Massachusetts employers withhold paychecks or try and skirt the law to avoid paying overtime. If you’re owed money by your employer, you need to seize your power, understand that the law is on your side, and demand your rights.
Getting the Money You Deserve
If you work for a private employer and feel that you’re owed overtime pay or other unpaid wages, there are two routes you can go. First, you can file a wage complaint with the Massachusetts Attorney General. However, the Attorney General’s Office admits that it doesn’t pursue every complaint, and that it can take several weeks to process your complaint. You can imagine the nightmare of bureaucracy that resolving a complaint through the Attorney General’s Office entails.
The other option is to hire a labor attorney. According to Massachusetts law, you have the right to take your employer to court 90 days after filing a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office (or sooner with a waiver). If your employer is found to be at fault, you can recover the wages owed to you and triple damages, as well as court costs and attorney fees. Because the law says that your employer has to pay your attorney fees, getting a labor attorney shouldn’t cost you a dime.
Afraid of Getting Fired?
Many people who are being victimized by their employers are afraid that they’ll be fired if they take action. That could happen, but the law specifically addresses this issue, and prohibits employers from penalizing employees who assert their rights. If your employer in any way punishes you, you have the right to file a claim against him.
Get Help Now
To get the money you deserve, call Lemberg Law at 475-277-2200. Our employment lawyers will review your case and give you no-nonsense answers to your questions.