Legal Question in Employment Law in Massachusetts

Is there any legal recourse for a person who has been working for an organization...non-profit for about 12 years without a formal employee contract. They worked under the table for this non-profit and were treated like an employee.

The organization now wants to turn around and among other things ... avoid paying them sick pay, vacation money etc because they have fallen on hard times. There is a draft agreement in the works by this organization to make them pay for their own taxes, be fired at the discretion of the organization

Up till this point .. they received a weekly stiphen or agreed salary. The relationship is considered working under the table

Asked on 10/28/13, 10:38 am

2 Answers from Attorneys

John Bita Milligan Coughlin LLC

Thanks for your question. There are laws intended to protect people who work "under the table" and are denied the benefits of being an employee, please call me to discuss your situation.

John Bita

t. 617 758 8800

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Answered on 10/28/13, 10:43 am

Christopher Vaughn-Martel Charles River Law Partners, LLC.

As Attorney Bita suggests, what your employer is doing is likely to be illegal, even if you have agreed to it as part of your employment. You should reach out to an attorney like myself or to Mr. Bita to discuss your options.

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Answered on 10/28/13, 10:56 am

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