Wrongful Termination in Massachusetts

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What is a At-will Employment in Massachusetts?

In Massachusetts, employment is assumed to be at-will unless otherwise stated. At-will employment allows the employer and employee to terminate the work relationship at any given moment and for any legitimate purpose. Thus, wrongful termination is more difficult to prove in an at-will arrangement because of the freedom that each party has to end the employment.

Grounds for Wrongful Termination

However, there are still many instances wherein a termination or discharge can be called wrongful, even in an at-will employment. Some exceptions to at-will termination that are recognized in Massachusetts include:


Depending on the cause of the wrongful termination, an employee in Massachusetts may be eligible for various types of recovery. Remedies for wrongful discharge or termination include: reinstatement of employment, back and/or forward pay, punitive damages, and emotional distress damages.

Additional Legal Claims

In addition, claims for wrongful termination can involve many overlapping legal claims within the same lawsuit. Some other types of legal issues that are frequently connected to wrongful termination may include:

Consulting an Attorney

An experienced employment attorney can help you understand how different areas of Massachusetts laws. A qualified Massachusetts lawyer can help you determine whether you have a legal claim, represent you in court, and help you get remedies for your lost.

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Last Modified: 10-06-2017 03:20 AM PDT

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