August 1, 2016

A recent story from the LA Times on illegal wage payment practices begins by setting out the following scenario:

After a week of 10-hour days folding and packaging clothing, Jesus Francisco Moreno walked out of the factory in downtown Los Angeles on a recent Monday afternoon to collect his $450 in wages. Holding a personal check, with no required deductions, he went to a white, unmarked van parked near...

August 1, 2016

Governor Baker has signed the legislation that amends the current Massachusetts Equal Pay Law, M.G.L. c. 149, s. 105A.

But, you may ask, I thought it already was illegal not to pay men and women the same for the same job? 

It is. What this legislation does, among other things, is to make it illegal to pay men and women differently for "comparable work” -- not just the same job. Comparable work here...

July 8, 2016

Assuming this is a private employer, you are at will (without an employment contract and not unionized) and you are not under 18, a couple things form the backdrop to this question: 

- The employer has to pay you what the agreement (verbal, written) is between you both to be paid. If you have not specifically negotiated an increase for this additional work -- even if the employer is making/profiting m...

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