Defense of Employment Claims
Steffans Legal Defends Employers in Employment Claims in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod
Being sued by a current or former employee is certainly not fun. Fortunately, if that’s happened to you, you are not alone. According to a 2015 study, employers have a roughly 12% chance of having an employment charge filed against them. On average, those claims take 275 days to resolve and cost approximately $125,000 in attorneys’ fees and settlement payments. Having a claim filed against you, does not mean you’ve done anything wrong, but it does mean you will have to defend the claims, likely in court.
Employment law claims are not like other types of lawsuits, primarily because they are based upon unique employment statutes, provide for specific defenses, and implicate abnormal evidentiary concepts. As a result, if you are facing an employment lawsuit, you should retain an attorney that specializes, not dabbles, in employment law.
Ben Steffans began practicing employment law in 2006 as an associate member of a large nationwide law firm, based in Detroit, Michigan, with a storied labor and employment department. During that time, Ben Steffans defended countless employers in defense of a variety of employment claims. Since that time and through the present, Ben Steffans has practiced nothing but employment law. T hat solitary focus allows Steffans Legal to approach defending employment claims with the experience and efficiency needed to resolve those claims effectively.
During his career, Ben Steffans has represented employers of all sizes and in a wide variety of industries, including in the construction, manufacturing, healthcare, banking, real estate, education, and retail industries and he's defended all types of employment claims, including those arising under the Massachusetts Wage Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the American with Disabilities Act, Title VII, and the Massachusetts Fair Employment Practices Act. We’ve defended employers from these types of claims in state and federal courts across the county. We routinely appear before the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on behalf of both employers and employees.
Ben Steffans also represents individuals in employment claims implicating unpaid overtime, unpaid bonuses or commissions, unlawful harassment, hostile work environments, workplace bullying, unlawful discrimination, and unlawful retaliation. This experience provides Steffans Legal with a unique vantage point that we bring to our representation of employers in employment claims.
We started Steffans Legal, in part, because we wanted to be able to use flexible billing arrangements for our employer clients. To us, the hourly rate model no longer works for the vast majority of our clients. That’s why we’ve designed creative rate plans for employers, including flat-fee arrangements, as opposed to charging by the hour. This adds financial predictability to the process, and allows our clients to actually budget for our services.
If you've been sued, or have received a complaint from an employee, contact us to set up a free consultation to discuss your options. It's always free, no matter how long it takes. We want to help.