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Massachusetts Law About Employment Termination

Selected Massachusetts Laws

MGL c.149, s.148 Payment of Wages " any employee discharged from such employment shall be paid in full on the day of his discharge..."

Selected Case Law

Electronic Data Systems Corp. v. Attorney General & another, 454 Mass. 63 (2009). "The Wage Act requires that an employer pay an employee for unused vacation time remaining at the time of the employee's involuntary discharge..."

Web Sources

Attorney General's Guide to Workplace Rights and Responsibilities, Mass. Attorney General. Brochure covers "many of the laws regulating the workplace, including the payment of wages, overtime, minimum wage, prevailing wage and youth employment laws," with references to Mass. General Laws.

Can an employee be fired for no reason?, Archived from Boston Globe, 2005. "Although it seems almost impossible to believe, employers in Massachusetts, or in any other employee-at-will state, can fire any employee at any time for any reason — or even for no reason at all. An employer can terminate any employee, with or without notice."

Employment Law Guide: A Practical Guide to Understanding Massachusetts Employment Law. Boston Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section, 2007. Designed to help "employers and employees in understanding their rights and obligations in the workplace." Pages 64-73 cover termination.

Exceptions to the At-Will Employment Doctrine, Robert S. Mantell. "The at-will employment doctrine, that an employee can be terminated for any reason or for no reason, is a doctrine whose validity is dwarfed by its numerous exceptions." This article lists those exceptions with references to Mass. General Laws.

What are an employee's rights during an investigation?, Mass. Trial Court Law Libraries. Provides summaries of rights under Garrity, Kalkines, and Weingarten.

What to Do When You Are Fired or Laid Off: A Complete Guide to the Benefits & Legal Rights You Need to Know to Get Back on Your Feet, Atlantic Publishing, 2009. Steps to take before and after you lose your job. Requires Library Card for access.

Print Sources

Employee discharge and documentation, Lorman Education Services, 2008.

Hiring and firing in Massachusetts, by John F. Adkins, MCLE, c2007.

Human resource law: what you need to know now, NBI, 2013.

Practical tips for negotiating and settling an employment case, MCLE, 2009.

Representing a plaintiff in a wrongful termination case, MCLE, 2012.