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Steffans Legal Recent Retaliation Case Successes in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Attorney Ben Steffans has specialized in employment law since graduating from law school in 2006. He began representing individuals in employment cases in 2012.  In the last five years, Ben has recovered over $3,000,000 for his clients in claims ranging from unlawful sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, unpaid overtime, unpaid tips, unpaid commissions, and unpaid bonuses.  Ben has helped employees all across the state, from Pittsfield to Lowell, Lawrence to Fall River, New Bedford to Springfield, and from Worcester to the Cape.  Below is a list of some of Ben’s recent successes.


Ben Steffans has successfully handled numerous unlawful retaliation cases regarding complaints of unlawful harassment, unlawful discrimination, and unpaid wages in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell.  Below is a selected list of those cases.

  • Financial professional, unlawful retaliation, North Adams, Berkshire County. Represented a financial professional from North Adams in claims of unlawful retaliation against his former employer. Ben Steffans successfully mediated that dispute and recovered a large settlement for that individual. The amount is protected by a confidentiality agreement that the employer insisted be part of the settlement.  This case involved claims arising under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
     
  • Maintenance professional, retaliation, Natick, Middlesex County. Represented a maintenance professional from Natick who was terminated shortly after raising concerns about workplace safety. The employee felt this was unlawful retaliation and Ben Steffans filed suit. Initially, the employer refused to provide any compensation for the client’s suffering. After considerable discovery, Ben Steffans was able to secure a significant monetary award for his client.
     
  • Executive, retaliation, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Represented a not-for-profit executive, claiming that he was unlawfully terminated in retaliation for him complaining that his co-workers were being unlawfully harassed and discriminated against due to their disability. The employer initially refused to settle. After a short round of discovery, they agreed to mediate, and settled for a sizable amount that they insisted be kept confidential. The case involved claims arising under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the Massachusetts version of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     
  • Loan officer, retaliation and unpaid wages/overtime, Springfield, Hampden County. Represented a loan officer in claims of unpaid wages and unlawful retaliation. After discovery, Ben Steffans negotiated a favorable, but confidential, settlement on behalf of that individual. This case included claims regarding unpaid overtime brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act, the Massachusetts version of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
     
  • Medical professional, harassment and retaliation, Worcester, Worcester County. Represented an individual from Worcester who was harassed and discriminated against due to her disability. This employee also claimed that she was retaliated against for complaining about the disability harassment and discrimination. Ben Steffans fought for this employee through discovery and eventually secured a sizable settlement on her behalf. The employer insisted that the amount of that settlement be kept confidential. This case was pending in federal court in Worcester.
     
  • Medical professional, harassment and retaliation, Springfield, Hampden County. Recovered a sizable but confidential award for a medical professional from Springfield who was retaliated against for complaining about fraudulent activity and who was subjected to sexual harassment. This employer was based in Springfield and the claim was pending in Hampden County Superior Court and included claims brought pursuant to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the state version of Title VII, and the anti-retaliation provisions of the False Claims Act.
     
  • Salesman, retaliation, Worcester, Worcester County. Represented a salesman from Worcester in a case against his employer, also based in Worcester.  This case included claims for unpaid commissions, unpaid overtime, and retaliation for complaining about unpaid commissions. Ben Steffans secured a sizable pre-suit resolution for this employee that the employer insisted be kept confidential.

Steffans Legal Recent Discrimination Case Successes in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben Steffans has successfully handled discrimination cases involving racial discrimination, gender discrimination, religious discrimination, age discrimination, and disability discrimination in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell.  Below is a selected list of those cases.

  • Financial professional, disability discrimination, Worcester, Worcester County. Represented a finance professional residing in Worcester who had been fired by her employer also based in Worcester.  Her employer claimed that she was terminated as a result of a restructuring of her department. The employee felt it was due to her disability. That case quickly mediated, resulting with a large payout to the client. That amount is protected by a confidentiality agreement per the employer’s insistence.  That case involved claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the Massachusetts version of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  
     
  • Food service worker, racial discrimination and harassment, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Represented an African-American food-service employee who was subject to racial discrimination. Initially, her employer refused to offer any compensation to this employee for the harassment she suffered. The employer eventually agreed to mediate the claim and voluntarily agreed to pay $125,000 to resolve the claim. That case involved claims arising under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the Massachusetts version of Title VII.
     
  • Medical professional, harassment, discrimination, and unpaid wages, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Represented an employee who was subjected to unlawful age discrimination, sexual harassment, and unpaid wages. This employee was treated differently by her employer because of her age, including not inviting her to company events, ignoring her in social settings, and removing job responsibilities. The employer initially refused to compensate the client for her damages.  Eventually, he changed his tune and agreed to a confidential, and significant, settlement payment. This case included claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the Massachusetts version of Title VII. This case also included claims brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act, the Massachusetts version of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
     
  • Food service worker, disability discrimination, Springfield, Hampden County. Represented a manager who was suffering from a chronic shoulder injury. The client’s employer had threatened to terminate this employee because his client’s condition prevented him from lifting over 20 pounds. Ben Steffans successfully established that this was unreasonable and that the employer must provide an accommodation by modifying his client’s job to eliminate this requirement. Ben Steffans also secured a sizable monetary award for this employee due to his suffering. This case included claims of disability discrimination, failure to provide a reasonable accommodation, and acting in bad faith during the interactive process.
     
  • Financial professional, disability discrimination, failure to accommodate disability, and failure to engage in interactive process, Springfield, Hampden County. Represented a financial professional from Springfield in claims regarding disability discrimination, failure to accommodate a disability, and failure to engage in the interactive process in good faith. Ben Steffans successfully secured a financial settlement for this client from his employer, based in Worcester. The case included claims brought under the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the state version of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
     
  • Medical professional, maternity leave discrimination, Springfield, Hampden County. Represented a healthcare professional from Springfield regarding violations of the Massachusetts Maternity Leave Act. The employer, also based in Springfield, attempted to reduce her working hours while she was on maternity leave. Ben Steffans successfully secured a monetary payment for this client and a promise not to modify her work schedule.   

Steffans Legal Recent Harassment Case Successes in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben Steffans has successfully handled harassment / bullying cases involving racial harassment, sexual harassment, religious harassment, and disability harassment in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell.  Below is a selected list of those cases.

  • Medical professional, sexual harassment, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Represented a medical professional in a sexual harassment claim. That individual was subjected to unwanted touching and comments. The employer agreed to mediate but refused to provide adequate compensation. Ben’s tenacious approach forced that employer to settle the claim for a significant amount that they insisted be kept confidential.  That case included claims brought pursuant to the Massachusetts Fair Employment Act/Chapter 151B, the Massachusetts version of Title VII.
     
  • Medical professional, age harassment, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Represented medical professional in age harassment claim.  That individual was subjected to age-related comments about her work ethic and appearance.  Employer eventually agreed to settle the claim for an amount it insisted be kept confidential.
     
  • Medical professional, disability harassment, Worcester, Worcester County. Represented a medical professional who was harassed by co-workers due to her weight and retaliated against for complaining about the harassment.  The case was filed in federal court in Worcester and settled according to a confidential agreement.
     
  • Food service, sexual harassment, North Adams, Berkshire County. Represented fast-food worker in a sexual harassment claim that involved unwanted touchings and comments by a co-worker as well as an employer’s failure to remedy the harassment.  The case quickly settled for a confidential and sizable monetary award.
     
  • Food service, racial harassment, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Represented food service employee in racial harassment claim that included derogatory comments and display of images as well as employer’s failure to remedy.  Settled for a considerable and confidential amount after mediation.

Steffans Legal Recent Unpaid Wage, Overtime, and Tip Acts Case Successes in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod


Ben Steffans has successfully handled wage-and-hour claims involving unpaid overtime, unpaid bonuses, unpaid commissions, unpaid tips, unpaid service charges, and unpaid vacation pay in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell.  Ben handles these types of claims for individuals and in class AND COLLECTIVE actions.  Below is a selected list of those cases.

  • Network engineers, unpaid overtime, Worcester, Worcester County. Successfully represented two network engineers from Worcester who were wrongfully denied overtime. The employer, based in Lancaster, initially claimed that the employees were not entitled to overtime.  Ben Steffans’s efforts on behalf of those clients culminated in their employer voluntarily making sizable payments to those clients. Those amounts are protected by a confidentiality agreement as required by the employer. These claims were brought under the Massachusetts Wage Act, the Massachusetts version of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
     
  • Class of drivers, unpaid overtime, North Adams and Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Successfully represented a group of transportation employees from North Adams who were not paid overtime.  Ben Steffans’s representation of those employees began with a single employee and culminated in him representing over 15.  He recovered a sizable but confidential amount for these individuals. These claims were brought pursuant to the Massachusetts Wage Act, the Massachusetts version of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
     
  • Resort employees, violations of Tips Act, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Successfully represented a group of service industry employees from Berkshire County in claims arising under the Massachusetts Tips Act related to an employer wrongfully taking tips and service charges that belonged to the waitstaff.  Ben Steffans eventually represented 9 of those individuals and recovered a substantial six-figure award on their behalf that the employer insisted be kept confidential.    
     
  • Class of loan officers, unpaid overtime, Pittsfield, Berkshire County. Successfully represented four loan officers from Pittsfield in Berkshire County who were wrongfully denied overtime.  Ben Steffans successfully litigated the case despite the employer being represented by a large international law firm. He prevailed, and recovered a sizable six-figure award for his clients for violations of the Massachusetts Wage Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.  The employer insisted on the amount being kept confidential.
     
  • Operations manager, unpaid overtime, Springfield, Hampden County. Successfully represented an operations manager who was not paid overtime. Ben Steffans brought a claim on his behalf, alleging that he was misclassified as exempt from overtime payments and wrongfully denied overtime. After the client’s deposition, the parties agreed to mediate. At the mediation, the employer agreed to a payment to resolve the claim and required it to be kept confidential. This case was brought pursuant to the Massachusetts Wage Act, the state version of the Fair Labor Standards Act.

 

Steffans Legal Recent Non-Compete and Non-Solicit Agreement Successes in Pittsfield, North Adams, Springfield, Worcester, Lowell, Fall River, New Bedford, and Cape Cod

Ben Steffans has successfully handled disputes involving non-compete and non-solicit agreements on behalf of employers and employees in Pittsfield, Springfield, Worcester, Fall River, New Bedford, and Lowell. Below is a selected list of those cases.

  • Staffing employee, Fall River, Bristol County.  Successfully represented an individual accused of breaching a non-compete and non-solicit agreement by her former employer, based in Brockton.  Attorney Steffans responded to the employer's cease-and-desist letter by establishing that the non-compete and non-solicit agreement was unenforceable due to numerous technical defects.  As a result, the former employer agreed that the client was free to keep her new position. 
     
  • Solar salesman, Worcester, Worcester County.  Successfully represented an individual accused of breaching non-compete and non-solicit agreement by his former employer.  Attorney Steffans successfully challenged the enforceability of the non-compete and non-solicit agreement by pointing out numerous technical defects and establishing that the employer's prior breach of the agreement excused his client from performing obligations under the agreement.  As a result, the former employer agreed not to take steps to enforce the non-compete or the non-solicit agreement.