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i work at a brokerage firm as an institutional salesperson. I feel that over my four years of employment, I have been discriminated against in terms of compensation (among other things) to the tune of very large sums of money. My quesion is what ...
Employers may not discriminate against employees based on their membership in a protected class, that is, race, gender, disability, etc. You don't mention whether you are a member of a protected class, but assuming you are and that the discrimination you've experienced is because of your race, gender, etc., you may have a claim for discrimination against your employer. You need to find a lawyer who specializes in employment law, preferably on the employee's side. There are some publications that purport to list the "best" lawyers in each field in Boston, but the accuracy of such lists is not clear. The best way to find a lawyer who is a good fit for you is to start on websites like these to find names and background information, and then talk or meet with individual lawyers and make your own judgment about whether you can work with this particular person. Finally, whatever you decide, remember that in Massachusetts, the deadline for filing discrimination claims against your employer is 300 days from the date of the time at which you should have begun to realize that you were being discriminated against. This is a hard and fast deadline--if you don't file in time, you will lose your rights forever. I hope this helps. Good luck.See question
should i sue for sexual harrasment if my boss smacked me on the butt with a yard stick in 2006? soon after i brought it to the attention of a manager i was laid off.
You need to talk to a lawyer in Ohio who can help you analyze whether you have a viable sexual harassment claim. Each state has filing deadlines which usually must be strictly complied with. A lawyer can help you figure out whether the deadline has not passed. If it hasn't, the lawyer can help you determine whether what happened to you is actionable under Ohio's discrimination laws. You can find a lawyer in your area by calling the bar association in your town or the nearest big city. The initial consultation with a lawyer is often free. If you are unsure, ask the lawyer up front.See question
THE OWNER OF MY PLACE OF EMPLOYMENT,HAS A SON THAT WORKS THERE ALSO. HE FIGHTS WITH ME TO HIRE ONLY GOOD LOOKING WOMEN, THEN SLEEPS WITH THEM, HAS SEXUALLY HARRASSED ME FOR MONTHS. WHAT CAN I DO? MOVED FROM PORT,OR TO RENO FOR THIS JOB
First, I am sorry you have had such a bad experience at work. Sexual harassment on the job is all too common these days. You need to find a lawyer in Oregon who specializes in sexual harassment law. He or she can help you determine whether you have a viable claim against your employer and how best to proceed. Nevada may have a special process that you must follow in order to preserve your claims, and the deadline to file your claims may be short. A lawyer will help you analyze whether you have a case, and assure that you don't miss important deadlines. If you wait too long, you may lose the right to pursue your claims forever. You can find a lawyer by calling the bar association in your area and asking for a referral to a sexual harassment plaintiff's lawyer; through references from family and friends; or on the internet. Good luck!See question
Can I take legal action against an Airline for mistreatment, itinterary manipulation and unprofessionalism?
You could file suit against the airline if what they did amounted to an actionable claim. Depending on the details of what actually happened, you might have a claim against the airline for intentional infliction of emotional distress or negligent infliction of emotional distress, among others. The larger question, though, is whether or not your claim is viable. In Massachusetts, punitive damages are awarded only in very limited circumstances. In most cases, the amount of compensation you could receive is limited to the harm you actually suffered. So unless the airline did something really egregious, your damages are not likely to be very high. Many lawyers would hesitate to take a case with small damages on a contingency fee basis because the cost of pursuing the claim would be more than they could hope to recoup in fees. That said, you could try to pursue a case in small claims court on your own, though there are limits to how much money you can obtain in small claims court. The small claims process is fairly informal, so that people can proceed on their own. You should consult a lawyer before you decide how to proceed, because the viability of your claim is really dependent on the specific details of your case. Many lawyers do not charge for an initial consultation. If you are not sure, ask the lawyer up front whether that first consultation will be free. Good luck!See question
Julie Donaldson is a TV reporter who was repeatedly beaten by her boyfriend, Ivan Lattimore. If it can happen to her, it can happen to anyone. What are the legal options for a woman who is being abused?
As a longtime domestic violence prosecutor in Massachusetts, I can tell you that the answers given by others are generally correct, but there's another option that has not yet been discussed. We have a simple process in Massachusetts for obtaining a restraining order against an intimate partner. You simply go to the courthouse nearest where you live, and go to the clerk's office or the district attorney's office, where a victim-witness advocate will help you complete the necessary paperwork and explain the process to you. The person seeking the order must show that he or she is in "imminent fear of physical harm." Violation of a restraining order is a criminal offense for which most police departments will automatically arrest the offender, so it is an important tool to keep people safe. Calling the police to report a physical assault is another option which results in criminal prosecution, and often, can get the offender ordered to complete counseling and other treatments he would not do voluntarily. A third option, where the batterer has assets, is a civil lawsuit for damages resulting from the physical and emotional harm caused by the abuse. For more information about legal options for crime victims, please visit www.crimevictimlaw.com.See question