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Common employment law claims and applicable deadlines


AARP Foundation Legal Advocacy AARP opposes age discrimination, including discrimination against older adults in the workplace, and advocates for pension fairness and the rights of people with disabilities.

American Association of University Women An early feminist organization, the AAUW has fought for the rights of women in higher education for decades, supporting litigation seeking pay equity, fair treatment in tenure and promotion proceedings, and justice in hiring.

Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders GLAD is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. It led the successful campaign for marriage equality in Massachusetts.

Greater Boston Legal Services This legal services organization assists low-income individuals in housing, employment, immigration, and family law matters.

Jobs with Justice Jobs with Justice is a coalition of union, religious, and community groups that supports low-wage workers seeking union representation and fair treatment in the workplace through educational campaigns and community organizing.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association The Lawyers Committee channels the energies of the legal profession into pursuing landmark cases for racial justice, including cases involving employment, education, and housing.

Massachusetts Attorney General, Workplace Rights This office is responsible for enforcing Massachusetts laws regarding unpaid wages, minimum wage, overtime and misclassification of employees, as well as many other state laws regulating the workplace.

Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination The MCAD is the Massachusetts state agency charged with enforcing our state law against discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations.

Massachusetts Department of Industrial Accidents This state government agency handles claims of workplace injury.  Because we do not handle these sorts of claims, we direct you to the DIA site for basic information about your rights if you are injured.

Massachusetts Disability Law Center This legal services organization provides advice and legal representation to low-income individuals living with disabilities, including employment matters.

Massachusetts Department of Labor Relations This state agency enforces Massachusetts’s collective bargaining laws, that cover public employees.

Massachusetts Department of Unemployment Assistance The Massachusetts DUA is the state agency that provides unemployment insurance benefits and information on job training and placement opportunities for unemployed workers in Massachusetts. Because our firm does not handle claims for unemployment benefits, we direct you to this site for information about making and pursuing a claim for benefits.

Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association MELA is the Massachusetts state affiliate of NELA, (see below). Our firm is a founding member of MELA and our attorneys have been leaders in MELA since it was established in the early 1990s.

NAACP The National Association of the Advancement of Colored People is a prominent civil rights organization that continues to bring landmark lawsuits expanding civil rights for employees of all races and creeds, and of both genders.

National Employment Lawyers Association NELA is a national organization of lawyers who represent employees in workplace matters. Messing, Rudavsky, & Weliky, P.C. attorneys are longtime members and supporters of NELA, and Ellen J. Messing served for many years as a national NELA officer and executive board member.

National Employment Law Project NELP provides legal information about workplace issues and assistance for the working poor and unemployed.

National Labor Relations Board The NLRB is a federal agency responsible for enforcing the National Labor Relations Act, which protects workers’ rights to form unions, bargain collectively, and work together to improve wages and working conditions.

U.S. Department of Labor, Information for Workers The DOL is the federal agency responsible for enforcing the Fair Labor Standards Act, which governs minimum wage and overtime standards, the Family and Medical Leave Act, which provides rights to medical leave for employees’ medical needs or the needs of their family members, and several other important federal statutes governing the workplace.

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission The EEOC is the federal agency charged with enforcing Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination.

Working America, Community Affiliate of AFL-CIO Affiliated with the nation’s largest federation of labor unions, this organization is open to people who are not members of unions, but who wish to work together with others on matters of common concern.