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Discrimination Defense and Employment Law

Invidious discrimination offends not only the constitutional principle of equality before the law, but also our sense of common decency and fair play. Although there have always been some who treat others as less than equal because of the way they look or sound — and there always will be — fewer and fewer people in this country think and act that way.

Despite enormous progress in fair employment practices, we still need laws to prohibit discrimination and agencies to enforce those laws, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD). Unfortunately, those laws and agencies are open to misuse.

Many disgruntled employees and ex-employees in Massachusetts see the MCAD as a weapon; often the weapon of first resort. After all, when it comes to accusing an employer of discrimination, filing a charge is easy and free. Defending yourself against the charge? Not so easy, and not free.

With a four-year backlog and a tendency to investigate cases over which it has no jurisdiction (see Commission Creep) the MCAD can generate much more than a headache for the small business owner.

Peter Vickery believes that small business owners should be free to focus on serving their customers and creating more jobs. He knows that running a business is hard enough without having to deal with unfair charges of discrimination.  So his goal is to make the experience as short, painless, and inexpensive as possible. He navigates through the MCAD process, guiding his clients around the many traps for the unwary, always providing zealous and cost-effective representation.

For your employment issues (e.g. defending against claims of discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, disability, or age) contact Peter Vickery for a free half-hour consult.

Tel. 413-549-9933     E-mail:

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