EMPLOYMENT LAW & COUNSELING

At Olin Lippiello LLP, we put our clients first.

We believe everyone deserves the right to work in an environment where they feel safe, and are compensated and treated fairly. Olin Lippiello LLP is here every step of the way—always going the extra mile. We put our legal experience to work for you, so you can feel good about getting back to work or the business you have built.

Employment Law & Counseling
  • Discrimination & Retaliation
  • Employment Contracts
  • Harassment
  • Wage, Hour, & Overtime Issues

Employees

We fight for all workers, in all types of jobs. Our clients include line workers, CEOs, drivers, academics, and mid-level managers. We care for and counsel employees in various difficult situations. We understand that you may be concerned that bringing up an issue with your employer might put your job at risk. We are here to make sure your rights are protected and we will work with you for the most optimal results.

Businesses

Companies face employment headaches every day. The legal landscape changes constantly, forms and paperwork can be overwhelming, and personalities often clash. We advise business clients on how to abide by employment laws and create an environment where everyone’s rights are respected and employees are treated and paid fairly. We fight for employers who are trying to get back to business.

Employee or Business Owner: We will fight for you.


Call: 413.203.0010

You Have Rights

Employees are protected by over 180 federal employment laws, as well as additional state enactments. These include discrimination laws, family and medical leave statutes, safety and health regulations, wage and overtime rules, equal employment laws, and civil rights acts. Many laws also protect employees from being retaliated against by their bosses or the company.

You have the right to talk with an attorney—doing so earlier in a complicated situation can make all the difference in managing the problem so that it doesn’t get harder to deal with later on. If you have been fired, you need to talk with a lawyer to determine if your termination was illegal or wrongful under one of the many laws that protect employees. Call us at 413-203-0010 to talk through your situation.

Our Approach


  • Counsel

    When you’re our client, we listen to your situation. We listen to what you really want, give you advice, and make sure you understand your rights and options. We’re with you from beginning to end. Above all else, we are counselors.

  • Advocate

    When you’re our client, we advocate for you. We give you a voice and empower you with a better understanding of your employment rights and the knowledge that you have someone on your side to protect those rights.

  • Negotiation

    When you’re our client, we negotiate for you. We will talk to the other side, seek resolutions, and obtain compensation for you when necessary. We give you the power to negotiate creative solutions to difficult employment situations.

  • Mediation

    When you’re our client, we discuss when mediation is appropriate. We help resolve tricky employment issues, engage in dialogue, and work with third-party neutrals on your behalf. We mediate results so you can get back to work.

  • Litigation

    If necessary, when you’re our client, we litigate. We go to bat for you, argue for your rights in court, and try your case if required. We are unafraid to stand up for you when all else fails. We litigate for justice, and for you.

Major Areas of Employment Law—and What You Need to Know


Discrimination comes in many forms: age, religion, gender, pregnancy, veteran status, race, disability, sexual orientation, national origin, etc. Employers also may not retaliate against employees for engaging in legally-protected conduct. Discrimination and retaliation claims are litigated at administrative agencies or in court. Most employees, however, don’t want to go to court—they just want to know their rights and whether they should pursue an action against their employer. If you feel you have been discriminated or retaliated against, we can discuss your particular situation. We will help discern the best course of action: counseling, advocacy, or litigation.
When does a harsh workplace turn into unlawful employment harassment? Sexual and racial bullying can be very nuanced. Employees, however, are also obviously protected from “quid pro quo” harassment, literally, sex for work. Whatever the form, illegally hostile work environments should be eliminated. However, one of the most difficult decisions a harassed employee must decide is whether to leave a job, stick it out, or try to negotiate a better working environment. That decision can have dire ramifications. If you think you have been (or are being) harassed at work, we will discuss your options and prepare a plan of action for your particular situation.
Employees are required to sign many forms. Some are innocuous. Others are not. If your employer asks you to sign something you do not understand, you have the right to seek the interpretation and advice of an experienced employment attorney. In particular, if your job is ending, and your employer wants you to sign a release, separation, severance, or settlement agreement, you should bring it to us at Olin Lippiello LLP as soon as possible. We will work to quickly help you understand the contract, engage in negotiation if desired, and litigate if needed. Your signature on an employment contract may be more valuable than you think.
Wage and hour laws are confusing and constantly changing. All workers must be paid a minimum wage and many are entitled to sick time or vacation pay. Some employees are wrongly labeled as “independent contractors.” Other employees laboring on state or municipal jobs are entitled to what is known as a “prevailing wage.” Employers are also required to properly classify workers as exempt (salary) or nonexempt (hourly) from overtime rules and pay employees in a timely manner. But sadly, many employers make mistakes. Worse, some employers choose to bend the rules to short wages earned by their employees. We have years of experience in wage, hour, and overtime litigation. We have recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars for improperly-compensated employees. Speak to us about how to recover the wages you are due.
Employees and employers face numerous other problems at work.

At Olin Lippiello LLP, we are here to help you understand and overcome many other common employment problems. If your situation involves family or medical leave, an injury on or off the job, or reasonable accommodations for disabilities, we can help. If you are confronting or contemplating an unemployment appeal, we are here for you. If you have a non-compete or non-solicitation agreement, we are ready. If you are an academic or school employee with contract or tenure problems, we will assist you.

No matter the type of employment issue you may be facing, we will go the extra mile to counsel, advocate, and if need be litigate for you.

Call: 413.203.0010

“Bringing a complaint against one’s employer is unpleasant, terrifying, and demoralizing. From the first consultation to the settlement of my case five months later, Attorney Olin was professional and punctual. His ability to communicate persuasively, persistently, and respectfully with everyone involved in my case inspired great confidence and resulted in a settlement that made me ‘whole’ again, both financially and emotionally.”

—A.B., former client