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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


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 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 brought 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.

  • 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.

  • Café Manager, West Harwich, Barnstable County in unpaid wages and unpaid overtime claims against her former employer. We are alleging that the employer improperly classified our client as exempt from overtime under the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a result, we are pursuing claims of unpaid overtime under both statutes, as well as a claim for unpaid vacation time under the Massachusetts Wage Act.

  • Maintenance Supervisor, Lanesborough, Berkshire County in unpaid overtime claims against his employer. The local government organization improperly classified our client as exempt from overtime in violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. As a result, our client was not paid overtime for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek, in violation of both of those statutes.

  • Warehouse Manager, Worcester, Worcester 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.

  • Service Manager, Dennis, Barnstable County in claims of unpaid commissions and unpaid vacation time against his former employer a marina. The employer violated the Massachusetts Wage Act by not paying commissions and failing to pay accrued vacation time upon his resignation.

  • HVAC Installer, Fall River, Bristol County in claims of unpaid wages for time spent traveling to and from worksites. This claim includes alleged violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act and was filed in Bristol County Superior Court.

  • Systems Administrator, Northbridge, Worcester County in claims of breach of contract and unpaid overtime against his former employer a school district. Our client was misclassified as an exempt employee and is owed overtime under the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. A complaint has been filed in Worcester County Superior Court and includes claims of unpaid wages, unpaid overtime, and breach of contract.

  • Manufacturing Employee, Great Barrington, Berkshire County in claims of unpaid overtime and unpaid wages. We claim that the plastics manufacturer failed to pay for all hours worked during a pay period and, instead, paid according to a workweek that did not match the pay period. This claim includes violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Massachusetts Wage Act.

  • Class of Grocery Employees, Pennsylvania in claims of unpaid overtime and unpaid wages. Here the employer, a large grocery store chain, impermissibly utilized the fluctuating workweek to avoid having to pay time-and-a-half for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. A complaint has been filed on behalf of our client and all others similarly situated in the Pennsylvania Court of Common Pleas, and we are seeking to have this case certified as a class action and collective action.

  • Class of Chemical Plant Workers, Massachusetts in claims of unpaid overtime and unpaid wages. In this matter, we claim that the employer, an international chemical manufacturer, failed to compensate hourly employees for the time they spent putting on (donning) and taking off (doffing) protective equipment. We will seek to have this case certified as a class action and collective action. This claim includes violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Massachusetts Wage Act.

  • Group of Gas Station Convenience Employees, Massachusetts in claims of unpaid wages and unpaid overtime. In this case, we claim that the employer, a statewide gas station and convenience store chain, failed to pay hourly employees for all hours, including for duties performed before and after their shift. This claim includes violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act and Fair Labor Standards Act and will be filed in Springfield Superior Court. This claim will include unpaid overtime and unpaid wages for employees working in Chicopee, Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, East Longmeadow, Agawam, Ludlow, Westfield, Easthampton, Southwick, Palmer, Northampton, and Hadley.

  • Store Manager, Dartmouth, Bristol County in claims of unpaid overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Massachusetts Wage Act. We assert that his former employer, a national discount retail store, misclassified our client as exempt from overtime and as a result failed to compensate him for all hours worked over 40 in a workweek. If the claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed in Bristol County Superior Court.


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.

  • Teacher, Osterville, Barnstable County in age discrimination claim against a private high school. The employee was looked over for promotions and replaced by a younger less experienced candidate. This claim has been filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination’s New Bedford office.

  • Sales and Service Support Coordinator, Sutton, Worcester County in a disability discrimination claim against her former employer. Our client was terminated the day after disclosing to her employer that she was diagnosed with cancer. We allege that the employer violated the Massachusetts Equal Rights Act (MERA) that prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals with a disability. The employer is based in Millbury. The complaint we filed in this matter is currently pending in Worcester County Superior Court.

  • Pro Sales Specialist, Lynn, Essex County in a complaint filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) against a large home improvement store. In this action, we allege racial discrimination, disability discrimination, and retaliation, as well as violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act. His complaint includes hostile work environment claims.

  • Executive Chef, Northampton, Hampshire County in claims against his former employer based in Northampton. In this claim, we allege that the employer violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, Massachusetts law prohibiting disability discrimination, and the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law by not allowing our client to take a day off to attend a therapy appointment. This claim has been filed at the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

  • Member Services Representative, Shrewsbury, Worcester County in claims of unlawful disability harassment and disability discrimination against her former employer. The employer failed to reasonably accommodate leave protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. She was also subject to discriminatory comments from a supervisor about her disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Massachusetts General Laws Ch. 151B. This claim is currently pending at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) in its Worcester office.

  • Server, Dennis Port, Barnstable County in claims of disability discrimination and violation of the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law. The restaurant failed to reasonably accommodate the server’s disability and violated the Earned Sick Time Law by terminating her for not showing up for a scheduled shift due to hospitalization. If this claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) in its New Bedford office.

  • School Principal, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of disability discrimination and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act against her former employer. We assert that the school district violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act when it failed to renew our client’s contract and notified her of the termination while she was on protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. This claim is pending at the Worcester office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), Holyoke, Hampden County in claims of unlawful disability discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act and retaliation under the Family and Medical Leave Act against her former employer a large hospital in Hampden County. The hospital failed to provide a reasonable accommodation and failed to allow our client to return to work from FMLA leave. If this claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in its Springfield office.

  • Operations Manager, Chelmsford, Middlesex County in claims of disability discrimination and retaliation in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. We allege that the former employer, a large international manufacturer, failed to accommodate our client’s disability and failed to engage in the interactive process when our client requested a reasonable accommodation for a disability. A complaint will be filed in Middlesex County Superior Court if there is no pre-suit resolution as well as a claim filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination's Worcester office.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Director of Marketing and Brand Relations, Worcester, Worcester County in claims of unlawful retaliation and post-employment retaliation in violation of the Massachusetts Wage Act. The former employer, an investment bank, reduced the employee’s hours then terminated employment shortly after the employee complained about an unpaid bonus.

  • Pro Sales Specialist, Lynn, Essex County in a complaint filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) against a large home improvement store alleging retaliation after our client complained to human resources about racial discrimination, harassment, and threatening behaviour from a fellow employee.

  • Executive Chef, Northampton, Hampshire County in a retaliation claim against his former employer based in Northampton. Our client was terminated for requesting and taking time off work to attend a therapy appointment as part of ongoing treatment for a disability. The requested leave is protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act, Massachusetts law prohibiting disability discrimination, and the Massachusetts Earned Sick Time Law.

  • Service Technician, Acton, Middlesex County in claims of unlawful retaliation in violation of Massachusetts common law. In this case, we allege that our client was terminated for questioning whether he should fill out certain forms as he felt it was dishonest to do so. If this claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed in Middlesex County Superior Court.

  • Accountant, Barnstable County in claims of unlawful retaliation in violation of the Massachusetts Whistleblower Protection Act as well as interference with our client’s rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act.

  • Maintenance Worker, Great Barrington, Berkshire County in claims of hostile work environment and unlawful retaliation against his former employer a private college. Our client complained about a supervisor’s pervasive discriminatory remarks and as a result suffered retaliation. The claims are brought under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Massachusetts General Laws c. 151B. If this claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in its Springfield office.

  • Store Manager, Dartmouth, Bristol County in claims of unlawful retaliation in violation of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and unlawful interference with rights provided by the FMLA. The former employer, a national discount retail store, violated our client's rights under the FMLA by not allowing our client to return to work from protected leave and terminating his employment. If these claims are not resolved pre-suit, a complaint will be filed in Bristol County Superior Court.


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.

  • Technician, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in sexual harassment and retaliation claims against her former employer. Our client was subject to a hostile work environment that included sexual harassment, complained about that harassment, and was eventually forced to resign when the conduct was not addressed. The claim will be filed at the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

  • Service Employee, Pittsfield, Berkshire County in claims of unlawful disability harassment and sexual harassment in violation of the Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and Massachusetts General Laws c. 151B. If this claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) in its Springfield office.

  • Restaurant General Manager, Fall River, Bristol County in sexual harassment, discrimination, and hostile work environment claims against his former employer a restaurant in Somerville, Middlesex County. The claims arise under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and its Massachusetts corollary, Massachusetts General Laws. c. 151B. If this claim is not resolved pre-suit, it will be filed at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination in its New Bedford office.


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


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

  • Pharmaceutical consulting company, Shrewsbury, Worcester County regarding negotiations with third parties concerning terms of relationship including ownership of intellectual property, confidentiality of trade secrets and proprietary information, and non-competition and non-solicitation restrictions.

  • Director of Marketing and Brand Relations, Worcester, Worcester County in connection with her employer’s efforts to enforce a non-compete and non-solicit agreement as well as allegations of misappropriated trade secrets.

  • Independent Contractor in Sales, Auburn, Worcester County in connection with his former employer’s efforts to enforce a non-compete and non-solicit agreement and associated violations of his employment contract. This claim also includes claims for unpaid commissions, wages, and overtime arising under the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act. The employer is based in Webster.

  • Commercial Photographer, Worcester, Worcester County in connection with negotiating terms of a severance agreement, including the impact of potential non-compete and non-solicitation provisions. The employer is closing the office that our client is employed and she chose to accept a severance agreement rather than transfer to the new location.