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Massachusetts Wrongful Termination

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As in other states, Massachusetts wrongful termination refers to situations in which an employee in Massachusetts has been wrongfully terminated from his or her employment. Although technically employers can end employment at any time for almost any reason, under Massachusetts and federal law, there are circumstances that can result in wrongful termination lawsuits being filed.

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Wrongful Termination in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts is an at-will state, meaning an employer can end a working relationship at any time for no reason. There are some exceptions to this, however. These include ending employment for discriminatory reasons—such as because of race, religion, national origin, age, gender—or ending employment when it goes against well-established public policy, such as firing an employee for refusing to break the law at the employer's request.

Some states recognize an implied contract, meaning that even if there is not a written contract, if there is an implied contract the employee cannot be fired in violation of that implied contract. Massachusetts, however, does not recognize the implied contract exception. This means that unless there is a written contract, an employee cannot file a lawsuit on the grounds that a termination violated an implied contract.

Massachusetts Wrongful Termination Lawsuit

Despite Massachusetts being an at-will state, there are still situations in which lawsuits can be filed when an employee is fired. One such lawsuit resulted in a settlement of $250,000 between a town and a teacher and principal who alleged wrongful termination. The plaintiffs alleged the reason for their firing was fabricated as an excuse to terminate the employment.



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