When Should You Hire a Massachusetts Employment Lawyer?


(Last Updated On: July 11, 2023)

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Navigating the complexities of employment law in Massachusetts can be a daunting task for both employers and employees. Rodman Employment Law is here to provide guidance to employers, ensuring their compliance with state and federal laws, and to advocate for employees’ rights. Both parties may find themselves in situations where legal counsel is warranted, but understanding when to make that call can be complex. Let’s break down a few instances when you should seek assistance from an employment attorney. 

When Should Employees Seek Assistance from an Employment Attorney? 

Employees should not hesitate to seek legal counsel at the earliest sign of concern, especially if your own efforts to seek resolution are unfruitful. This could encompass issues such as discrimination based on gender, age, ability, religion, or another protected identity, workplace retaliation, wrongful termination, unpaid wage issues, family or medical leave situations, and more. 

Additionally, employees might benefit from legal guidance in understanding employment contracts or non-compete agreements before accepting a new job offer. Similarly, upon the conclusion of a role, an employment attorney can help interpret severance agreements to ensure the employee’s rights are duly protected and negotiate key points as needed.  

When Should Employers Contact an Employment Attorney? 

On the other side of the coin, as an employer,  you should of course reach out to an employment lawyer to represent your interests in disputes with employees or conduct investigations into allegations of discrimination or sexual harassment. Employers may also engage with lawyers to draft non-compete agreements, severance packages, and other employment contracts, ensuring their compliance with relevant state and federal laws. 

However, proactive consultations with an employment attorney can be incredibly beneficial in preventing these issues from arising in the first place. For instance, having an attorney involved in crafting and periodically revising employee handbooks can aid in preventing potential issues before they arise. An employment attorney can provide valuable support in managing a Problem Employee™ – one who, despite being given ample opportunities, continues to underperform, shirks responsibility for their own actions, and displays hostile or dishonest behavior. Working with a lawyer as soon as you expect that this employee may become a legal threat gives you the peace of mind that you have all the proper documentation leading up to potential litigation and may prevent the situation from escalating to that stage.  

Still Unsure? 

Navigating the intricacies of employment law can be daunting for both employees and employers alike. Rodman Employment Law offers Quick Consults to provide confidential feedback on your concerns so you can gain a better understanding of your next steps to achieve your goals. This is an excellent way to see if your issue requires further counsel or if there are actions you may take on your end first before seeking continued legal support. 

Employment law is complex, but you don’t have to navigate it alone. By understanding when to reach out to a Massachusetts employment lawyer, you can protect your rights, interests, and foster a fair and inclusive workplace. 

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