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Employment Litigation

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Employment Litigation Attorneys

Defending You & Your Business in Your Time of Need

Melick & Porter, LLP has helped clients achieve successful results in a wide variety of employment cases involving allegations of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, and criminal record discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, wage and hour violations, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Our attorneys regularly appear at state and federal agencies as well as in state and federal courts. If you or your business is facing workplace allegations, our Boston employment litigation attorneys can provide you with options and be by your side to defend you in court.

Contact us online or by phone at (617) 523-6200 to speak with a professional attorney with decades of experience in Boston or the New England area.

Common Types of Employment Lawsuits

In employment law, some lawsuits occur more frequently than others – the most common types of lawsuits our lawyers are approached with include:

  • Employment discrimination: Most workers are protected from allegations of discrimination by the Civil Rights Act, which bars employers from discriminating against workers based on sex, race, religion, color, or national origin. Additionally, employers cannot discriminate against women due to pregnancy and must pay men and women the same wages if they perform the same amount of work in the same workplace.
  • Wrongful termination: This refers to the firing of an employee in violation of the law. Many employees file wrongful termination lawsuits that are based on allegations of discrimination, including older workers who cite ageism as the reason for their termination. Workers can also file lawsuits alleging retaliation, which refers to the firing, demotion, or harassment of workers as a form of punishment after they have filed a complaint or other lawsuit.
  • Wage law violations: Many employees file claims against their employers citing wage and hour violations, including being paid below minimum wage, having wages withheld, and failing to be paid for overtime work.
  • Breach of contract: Employers can also be accused of breach of contract by their employees if they believe them to not be complying with its terms. Common breaches of contract include a non-payment of wages or travel expenses that are owed, changes to terms and conditions without the consultation of the employee, a non-payment of holiday or sick pay that was included in the contract, and more.
  • Torts: There are two types of torts that can eventually lead to lawsuits against businesses, including unintentional torts and intentional torts. Unintentional torts, or negligence, typically involve personal injuries resulting from accidents, while intentional torts include false arrests, wrongful evictions, and more.

How to Avoid Workplace Lawsuits

While our employment litigation attorneys can resolve your impending claims or lawsuits, we also provide counsel to businesses who are looking to avoid lawsuits or prepare in case one arises. Our team is well-versed on employment laws, rules, and regulations, and is able to share our knowledge with clients to help them safeguard their businesses.

You can avoid an employee lawsuit through the following:

  • Understanding laws and regulations regarding hiring practices, anti-discrimination, and workplace safety
  • Being prepared with insurance to protect yourself against a lawsuit
  • Providing safety training to all employees to prevent accidents and resulting injuries
  • Documenting everything, including employee records, performance reviews, and safety audits

How Our Team Can Help

We serve as panel counsel for many large insurers, represent companies in a variety of industries, and act as national coordinating counsel for a national professional employer organization. Employment litigation is a distraction from optimal business performance. Our goal is to minimize the burdens of litigation by providing aggressive and efficient representation at competitive rates so employers can prioritize their business needs. Mindful of the escalating costs of litigation, we collaborate with employers to develop appropriate human resources policies, train personnel on how to prevent discrimination and harassment, and draft employee handbooks to assist employers in managing their potential risk.

We are also active members of the National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Our team is informed on any new changes in employment law practices and is able to provide comprehensive education for our clients to help them grow their businesses and prevent any unnecessary interruptions that can potentially harm what they have built.

Call (617) 523-6200 today if you require assistance from our Boston employment litigation attorneys. Our award-winning team can be trusted to put your business first from preparation to trial.

Nationally-Recognized & Award-Winning Trial Attorneys

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    Erin J.M. Alarcon

    Of Counsel

    Erin’s extensive experience includes the defense of employment practices, insurance coverage, premises liability, and professional malpractice matters. She recently obtained a favorable finding before a New Hampshire medical malpractice screening panel in a negligent EMT case. She has also obtained summary judgment on behalf of numerous clients, including a pre-fabricated building company in a negligent construction matter.
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    Daniel J. Beauchemin

    Associate

    Daniel represents clients in a broad range of commercial litigation and labor and employment matters. He concentrates his practice on defending public and private entities from whistleblower, defamation, retaliation, discrimination, wage and hour, ch. 93A, breach of contract, and civil rights claims. He also litigates lawyer professional liability and general liability matters.
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    Mathew W. Beckwith

    Associate

    Mathew is an associate in our Connecticut office. He is a graduate of New York Law School and has a B.A. degree in History from Western Connecticut State University. During Law school, Mathew gained experience in employment law by working closely with the Staff Attorneys at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Mathew handles cases extensively in both state and federal court with a focus on employment law.

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    Meagan M. Bellamy

    Associate

    Meagan is an associate in the Providence office. Her practice focuses on general and premises liability matters. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart University, and a cum laude graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law.

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    Mark S. Bodner

    Partner

    Mark is an experienced trial attorney with a focus on employment law and professional liability. Mark also has extensive experience handling product liability, construction, premises liability, unfair business practices, and general litigation matters. He represents clients in both federal and state courts.
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    Lauren S. Fackler

    Associate

    Lauren is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Her practices focuses on defending employment practices liability matters involving a variety of issues, including harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. She also handles professional liability, general liability, and insurance coverage matters. Lauren represents clients in both state and federal courts as well as before state and federal agencies.
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    Kathleen M. Farrell

    Associate

    Kathleen (Kate) is an associate in the firm’s Boston office. Kate’s practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex general liability, product liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction, and employment law matters. Kate graduated magna cum laude from The State University of New York at Fredonia in 2013. Where she majored in History and minored in Political Science, Legal Studies, and African American Studies.

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    Elizabeth J. Fegreus

    Associate

    Elizabeth is an associate in Melick & Porter's Boston office. Her practice focuses on employment law, complex general liability, product liability, professional liability and premises liability. Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Northeastern University and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School.

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    Christian H. Hinrichsen

    Partner

    Christian has extensive experience in complex litigation matters, including bench and jury trials, arbitrations, administrative proceedings, and mediations. His corporate counseling includes risk assessment and contract review. He is admitted to the state and federal courts of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Christian's practice has earned him selections as a “Massachusetts Super Lawyer.”
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    Michael J. Mazurczak

    Member

    Maz has been at Melick & Porter his entire legal career. He began as a Law Clerk in the summer of 1988 and joined the firm as an Associate in the fall of 1989. Maz has extensive experience in complex civil litigation matters, representing clients in both federal and state courts for 30 years. A significant portion of his practice involves employment law and includes providing major national corporations with oversight and defense of their employment litigation.
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    Robert P. Powers

    Member

    Bob joined the firm in 1984 after graduating from law school and has made it his professional home. In the years since, he has tried numerous jury cases in both federal and state courts involving a variety of civil matters, including professional malpractice, insurance coverage, and general liability claims. Bob oversees our firm's appellate practice and has successfully argued cases before the First Circuit Court of Appeals.
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    Victoria M. Ranieri

    Associate

    Victoria joined Melick & Porter after several years working with the Committee for Public Counsel Services, where she rose to the position of Supervising Trial Attorney. Victoria’s work with this agency, which provides for public defense in Massachusetts, allowed her to gain extensive jury trial experience, including numerous felony criminal cases involving sexual assault, home invasion and controlled substances offenses.
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    Holly G. Rogers

    Partner

    Holly is a partner in the firm’s Connecticut and New York offices. Her practice focuses on all facets of employment law, and the areas of professional liability and general liability. Holly represents clients in both federal and state courts in Connecticut and New York, as well as before federal and state agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights.
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    Jennifer A. Sunderland

    Of Counsel

    Jennifer is a partner in the firm's Boston office. She focuses on helping employers defend claims involving discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination. She also has experience with matters involving contract disputes, insurance coverage, professional malpractice, product liability, and premises liability. Jennifer has tried numerous felony criminal and civil jury trials in Massachusetts state court.
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