I was working for a consulting firm in MA and abruptly fired after only 4 days, because I was told, I hadn't provided the additional background paperwork in a timely manner. This was the case, even though no one else on the team had ever sent anything over. They recorded me without my permission when they fired me. I was not paid some expenses that I had incurred and reported, and additionally was verbally told by one of the owners, I would be paid for the last four days in the pay period, totaling $2000. I was never paid. Is a verbal commitment to pay me for the rest of the pay period make him liable and is there any recourse for wrongful termination? I was one, of only two females over forty, employed there.
Legally your employer is only required to pay you for time actually worked. A verbal promise can be binding, but I would say that the costs of this case would make it speculative, without some form of supporting evidence like an e-mail or other writing of the promise, that you would be successful here. Your employer doesn't NEED your permission to record you at work, there is no expectation of privacy there, so as long as it wasn't hidden, no legal issue. You casually mention you were only only of two female employees, but that by itself it not enough to make out a discrimination claim, without more, especially since you admit the cause for the reason you were fired. You may want to file a complaint for the pay with the AG's office, then bring a small claims after they give you permission, but a more complex case is probably a risk that's not worth it.
I am a Massachusetts attorney and answer questions based on Massachusetts law. The above answer is for educational purposes only and does not create an attorney client relationship or constitute legal advice.
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