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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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Butcher, Hudson, Middlesex County in wage claims against a grocery store for violating the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law by classifying our client as an independent contractor as well as violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act for not paying overtime.

  • 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.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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 is currently in the negotiation phase and will be pursued at the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination if it is not resolved.

  • Shuttle Driver, Spencer, Worcester County in a workplace discrimination and harassment claim against his former employer. The employer, a large transportation company based out of Charlestown, failed to provide a requested religious accommodation and allowed the employee to suffer unlawful harassment targeting his religion and ethnicity. In doing so, the employer violated Massachusetts laws and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protecting employees from employment discrimination based on their religious beliefs. The employee is Muslim and was not allowed to pray at work and was harassed because of his religion. His claims include those alleging the existence of a hostile work environment.

  • 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.

  • 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 will be filed at the Springfield office of the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and will eventually be filed in the Hampshire County Superior Court.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


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.

  • 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.