Running a small business is hard enough without having to deal with unfair charges of discrimination. That’s why Attorney Peter Vickery’s employment practice focuses on discrimination defense.
We have fair-employment laws and an agency called the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD) because some people do make decisions based on race, sex, national origin, and other ineradicable characteristics; decisions about who to hire and fire, and who to promote and who to pass over. Invidious discrimination is not a figment of the imagination.
Fortunately, fewer and fewer people behave that way nowadays. Unfortunately, some disgruntled employees seem to consider a charge of discrimination as the weapon of first resort. After all, it costs the employee nothing to file a complaint at the MCAD, whereas the cost to the employer can be significant. Sometimes the MCAD will investigate a case even when it does not have jurisdiction because the charge was filed too late, as a recent report from the State Auditor pointed out. And the MCAD currently has a four-year backlog.
So for many small business owners who find themselves being investigated by the MCAD, the process is the punishment. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
Peter Vickery believes that small businesses should be free to focus on serving their customers and creating jobs, without letting the MCAD case consume too much time and money. That’s why he always strives to provide discrimination defense that is not just zealous but also cost effective.
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