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Steffans Legal Current Representations in Claims for Unpaid Wage, Overtime, and Tips Act Claims in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod

Attorney Ben Steffans currently represents employees in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell in claims of unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, unpaid commissions, unpaid bonuses, racial harassment and discrimination, sexual harassment, gender discrimination, disability discrimination, and unlawful retaliation. Below is a selected list of the cases Ben is currently handling.


Ben Steffans currently represents a number of clients in unpaid wage, UNPAID overtime, UNPAID BONUSES, UNPAID COMMISSIONS, and tipS act claims.  A summary of a sample of those matters is below.

  • Group of eight cable technicians, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims of unpaid overtime in federal court in Springfield brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Massachusetts Wage Act, Title VII and the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act. The overtime claims include time worked before shifts, after shifts, and during mandated lunch breaks.
     
  • Group of nurses, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims of unpaid overtime in federal court in Springfield brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Massachusetts Wage Act. The overtime claims include time worked during lunch breaks.
     
  • Group of restaurant employees, Great Barrington, Berkshire County in claims for wrongfully diverted tips and service charges.  That claim is currently pending in Berkshire County Superior Court in Pittsfield and includes claims Brough under the Massachusetts Tips Act. 
     
  • Group of lead childcare / daycare workers, Williamstown, Berkshire County in claims for unpaid overtime and unpaid wages.  This case centers on the misclassification of these employees as exempt administrative employees as well as them not being paid for all hours worked, including hours worked off-the-clock, before their shift, and after their shift.  
     
  • Paramedic, Worcester, Worcester County in claims for unpaid overtime relative to time worked during lunch breaks and for work performed prior to the start of her shift.  
     
  • Manager-level retail employee, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims for unpaid overtime related to her being misclassified as an exempt employee. This case is pending in federal court in Springfield and includes claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Massachusetts Wage Act.  
     
  • Salesman, North Adams, Berkshire County in claims of unpaid commissions, unpaid wages, and unpaid bonus against his employer based in Springfield. This suit includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act. This case is currently pending in Berkshire County Superior Court.
     
  • Salesman, Springfield, Hampden County in claims of unpaid commissions. These claims arise under the Massachusetts Wage Act and relate to non-payment of commissions, vacation pay, and other wages. This case is currently pending in Hampden County Superior Court.  
     
  • Medical consultant, Shrewsbury, Worcester County in claims of unpaid wages and commissions. This case involves claims brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act and is pending in Essex County Superior Court.   
     
  • IT professional, Worcester, Worcester County in claims for unpaid wages. That claim is pending in Worcester County District Court and includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act.    
     
  • Restaurant, Pittsfield, Berkshire County against claims brought by former employees for alleged violations of the Massachusetts Tips Act regarding unlawful tip
    pooling.  
     
  • National Manager of Group Sales, Douglas, Worcester County in unpaid wage claims against a large restaurant chain headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.  This case includes claims of unpaid commissions, unpaid overtime, and misclassification as an exempt employee.  These claims arise under the Massachusetts Wage Act and Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • Warehouse Manager, Barnstable, Barnstable County in an unpaid overtime claim against a large snack food manufacturer and distributor for unpaid overtime resulting from misclassification of the employee as an exempt executive.

Steffans Legal Current Representations in Discrimination Claims in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben Steffans currently represents a number of clients in unlawful discrimination claims.  A summary of a sample of those matters is below.

  • Food-safety worker, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of gender and racial discrimination against her employer based in Worcester. This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • Paramedic, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of gender discrimination against an employer based in Worcester.
     
  • Service worker, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of religious discrimination against employer based in Fitchburg.
     
  • Medical professional, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful discrimination based upon the client’s disability. This employer is based in Greenfield. This case includes claims pursuant to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • Customer service rep, Leominster, Worcester County in claims of unlawful disability discrimination against an entity based in Worcester. That claim is currently pending before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester.
     
  • Retail employee, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims of unlawful disability discrimination, failure to accommodate a disability by not providing medical leave, and failure to engage in the interactive process in good faith to identify a potential accommodation. That claim is currently pending in Berkshire County Superior Court and includes claims arising under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  
     
  • Executive employee, Worcester, Worcester County in claims arising under the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law against his employer based in Auburn. This claim also includes allegations of failure to accommodate a disability brought pursuant to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of the Americans with Disabilities Act. This claim centers on an employer’s failure to provide sick leave and medical leave.
     
  • Medical Claims Reviewer, Worcester, Worcester County in claims against a health insurance company, based in Worcester, for age discrimination and unpaid overtime as a result of being misclassified as an employee exempt from overtime.

  • Medical Claims Reviewer, Worcester, Worcester County in claims against a large health insurance provider, based in Worcester, for unlawful failure to provide reasonable accommodation for a disability and failure to pay overtime for off-the-clock work. 


Steffans Legal Current Representations in Retaliation Claims in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben Steffans currently represents a number of clients in unlawful retaliation claims.  A summary of a sample of those matters is below.

  • Food-safety worker, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of retaliation against her employer based in Worcester regarding complaints of sexual harassment and ethnicity discrimination. This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.
     
  • Operations manager, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of retaliation relative to complaints about unlawful sexual harassment.  This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.   
     
  • Cable technician, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims of unlawful retaliation regarding participation in internal investigation into unlawful racial harassment.  The case is currently pending in federal court in Springfield.
     
  • Medical professional, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful retaliation regarding complaints made about disability discrimination against an employer based in Greenfield. This case includes claims pursuant to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act / Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • Salesman, North Adams, Berkshire County in claims of unlawful retaliation regarding his complaints about unpaid bonus, commission, and salary against his employer based in Springfield. This suit includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act. This case is currently pending in Berkshire County Superior Court.
     
  • Executive, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of illegal retaliation regarding complaints of sexual harassment.   Those claims are currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and include claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • Service employee, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful retaliation regarding complaints of unlawful sexual harassment.  This claim is pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and includes claims arising under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act / Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • IT professional, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful retaliation against his employer also based in Worcester. That claim is pre-suit and relates to allegations that the employee was terminated for reporting unlawful sexual harassment and includes claims arising under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.
     
  • Food Service Worker, Sterling, Worcester County in an Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) unlawful retaliation claim against a baked goods and coffee chain.  The employee was unlawfully fired the day after complaining about a health and safety violation.

Steffans Legal Current Representations in Harassment and Bullying Claims in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben Steffans currently represents a number of clients in unlawful harassment and bullying claims.  A summary of a sample of those matters is below.

  • Food-safety worker, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful sexual harassment and racial harassment against her employer based in Worcester.  This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • Operations manager, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful sexual harassment against his employer also based Worcester. This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Worcester and includes claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.   
     
  • Cable technicians, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims of illegal racial harassment, including use of racially offensive terms and the display of racially offensive objects.  This claim is pending in federal court in Springfield and was brought under Title VII and the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act.
     
  • Retail manager, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of sexual harassment and retaliation against her employer based in Worcester.  This claim is in pre-suit, but will be filed in Worcester County Superior Court or the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination if not resolved.  This claims includes claims under brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII.  
     
  • Municipal employee, Great Barrington, Berkshire County in claims of sexual harassment against her municipal employer.  This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in Springfield.  This claims includes claims under brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, Massachusetts’s version of Title VII and will be filed in Berkshire County Superior Court if not resolved.
     
  • Electric Company Meter Reader, Ware, Hampshire County against her employer for disability harassment in the workplace, failure to provide reasonable accommodations, and retaliation for taking FMLA leave and leave protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

Steffans Legal Current Representations in Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Claims in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben steffans currently represents clients in various claims involving non-compete and non-solicit agreements, including the following.  

  • Medical consultant, Shrewsbury, Worcester County regarding the enforceability of a non-compete agreement.
     
  • Executive employee, Pittsfield, Berkshire County regarding the enforceability fo a non-compete and non-solicit agreement.  This claim also includes allegations of unpaid wages, breach of contract, and unlawful retaliation.