In Massachusetts, most employment relationships are “at will,” meaning that either party can end the relationship at any time, for any reason, with or without notice. There is an exception: employers cannot terminate an employee for an unlawful reason.
Throughout the employment relationship, there may be moments when you would be wise to consult a Massachusetts employment lawyer.
At the offer letter stage, a prospective employer may present you with a non-compete agreement, non-disclosure agreement, or other employment agreement. Most of these documents say that you have had a chance to review the agreement with a lawyer and that you understand its terms. Understand what you are signing, what you are agreeing to do, what rights you are giving up.
During your employment, a dispute may arise. You may feel like you are being treated differently than you colleagues, aren’t being paid as agreed, or are subjected to retaliation. Employment lawyers know how to navigate these stressors.
Has your employment ended? Revisit your non-compete, non-disclosure agreement, and other employment agreements to understand your continued obligations. If you are presented with a severance or separation agreement, understand its terms before signing away any claims you may have.