Category Archives: Damages

Unsuccessful FLSA Lawsuit May Cost Employees

by Marylou V. Fabbo When an employee wins a lawsuit against an employer brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), an employer must pay the employee’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to any judgment against it.  Sometimes … Continue reading

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Defend Trade Secrets Act Becomes Law

by Susan G. Fentin On Wednesday, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”), which, among other provisions, allows companies to pursue claims for trade secret misappropriation in federal court and to seek remedies such as a … Continue reading

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Treble Damages for Violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act Could Be Limited in Certain Circumstances

by Amelia J. Holstrom When a Massachusetts employer discharges an employee, Massachusetts law requires the employer to pay the discharged employee all outstanding wages, which includes accrued, unused vacation time, on the employee’s final day of work.  If an employee voluntarily resigns … Continue reading

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Federal Court Says Employees Can Get Three Years of Trebled Overtime Under Massachusetts Wage Act

by Erica E. Flores In April 2013, a Massachusetts auto repair shop, Advanced Auto, Inc., hired Robert Lambirth as an automotive technician.  He earned well over the minimum wage, but he did not receive time-and-a-half for hours he worked over … Continue reading

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Ignorance Is Not Bliss When Employees Are Working through Lunch

by Amelia J. Holstrom Employers in Massachusetts must pay their hourly employees overtime compensation for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek.  “Hours worked’ applies to hours an employee is actually working; if an employee is on break, the … Continue reading

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Court Approves Six-Figure Attorney Fee Award for $7,650 Discrimination Verdict

by Amelia J. Holstrom When a Plaintiff prevails in certain employment matters, the Defendant must pay Plaintiff’s reasonable attorneys’ fees and costs in addition to the amount awarded by the jury.  This has long been a problem for employers defending … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Appeals Court Limits Director Liability for Wage Violations

by Marylou Fabbo, Esq. Massachusetts wage laws are known to be among the most employee-favorable in the country.  Back in June we reported that the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court held that even managers of an LLC, a legal form of … Continue reading

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Dispute over $2,300 Costs Attleboro Housing Authority $435,000

A Massachusetts Superior Court judge recently upheld a jury award of $435,000  to an employee who was terminated after he complained to the Attorney General’s Office that he believed his employer had placed him in the wrong job classification and, … Continue reading

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