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As an employee in Massachusetts, you may be considered an employee at will, and you employer may even be able to fire you for no reason at all, but if they do take adverse actions against you because you complained about your pay or demanded benefits be provided that you are entitled to, that is considered retaliation and unlawful. In Massachusetts there are very strong laws that relate to an employee’s salary and wages. As a matter of fact, chapter 149 of the General Laws prohibits retaliation for an employee exercising his right to seek wages due to him. In order to establish a claim for retaliation, an employee will need to prove that: (1) he engaged in protected activity; (2) he suffered adverse employment action; and (3) there is a causal connection between his protected activity and the adverse action. In addition to this, the law has a specific provision that protects an employee who seeks his rights under the law and adds additional protection against retaliation. A retaliation claim looks to the employee’s good faith belief that the employer’s actions were unlawful and an employee’s retaliation claim may succeed even if an underlying claim for wages does not ultimately prove victorious.

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