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Our Boston employment lawyers represent employees and individuals who work in all professions and industries and at all levels within these fields. We are passionate advocates for our clients and for workplace rights. Many clients come to us because they are facing problems at work, including discrimination, harassment, performance issues, termination, or workplace conflict. Other clients seek our counsel when they are changing positions or negotiating for a new job. We approach each case and each client individually. We assess our client’s needs and goals and then we think strategically about how to achieve the best outcome for that client. Our approach is rigorous and thoughtful: we research and investigate the facts and the law, and we think carefully and creatively about how to frame and to advance our client’s legal claims. Our lawyers are known for being tenacious fighters, and for standing up to major institutions and government agencies in Massachusetts. We have been lead counsel on some of the most hotly contested cases against universities, government agencies, and hospitals, raising claims of sexual harassment, systemic race and gender discrimination, and pregnancy and caregiver discrimination.

We have years of experience successfully representing employees in many different types of cases, through litigation, negotiation, and counseling. The firm has been recognized by our peers and clients in U.S. News and World Report as one of the best law firms in Boston for representing individuals in employment law. Partner Inga Bernstein was individually recognized in both 2015 and 2018 as Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in Boston Employment Law - Individuals, and Partners Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah have been individually recognized in Best Lawyers for their employment law practices.

Serving Boston and surrounding areas, our employment lawyers are experienced trial lawyers who are adept at investigating claims, handling witnesses, and locating relevant evidence. Because of our extensive trial experience – both in our employment cases and in our other practice areas – we are always prepared to take a case all the way through trial if necessary. We have won multiple trials on behalf of plaintiffs that resulted in substantial jury verdicts in Massachusetts state and federal courts, including nearly $11 million, $7.6 million, and $2.2 million jury verdicts in employment discrimination and retaliation cases. Our strong track record of trial successes also enables us to achieve good outcomes for clients without having to resort to trial. We have negotiated many six-figure and even seven-figure settlements after filing lawsuits on behalf of our client prior to going to trial. We litigate in state and federal courts, as well as before administrative bodies, such as the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (MCAD), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission.

Our lawyers not only advocate for our individual clients in cases and negotiations, but work to improve the law for all Massachusetts workers by submitting friend-of-the-court (amicus) briefs in state and federal appellate cases, leading panels and talks on novel employment law issues, and serving as officers of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association, where they work with other plaintiffs’ attorneys to improve legal protections for employees.

In addition to our litigation practice, our Boston employment attorneys also review employment documents for executives (including contracts, non-compete agreements, and severance agreements) and negotiate with employers on behalf of our clients. We also counsel and advise clients about their rights and how to handle difficult workplace situations that may arise. Our victories after negotiation or behind-the-scenes counseling are less public than our litigation victories, but in these cases, we have helped clients negotiate higher salaries or better benefits, keep their jobs, improve their job conditions, or, where necessary, increase their severance packages when they leave a job.

In both litigation and negotiation we represent clients who have been subjected to unlawful employment practices, including: discrimination or harassment based on race, gender, age, disability, pregnancy, caregiver status, ethnicity, national origin, and sexual orientation; equal pay and other wage violations; wrongful termination; whistleblower violations; and violations of the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA). We also represent clients who have been retaliated against for asserting their workplace rights or for helping others to assert their own workplace rights.

If you have been terminated from your job in violation of your rights, have had your wages unlawfully withheld, or need advice or counseling on a severance agreement or other workplace matter, call an employment attorney at our Boston firm at (617) 742-6020 or fill out our contact form to get in touch with us.

Client Reviews
★★★★★
I hired Mr Duncan to deal with a very sensitive issue that my daughter had. Since the first contact, I had a very good impression of him. He transmitted confidence and appeared to know exactly what to do. I called and emailed him many times, he was polite and comprehensible with the anxiety of a father and appeared to know every step to solve the case. I strongly recommend Mr Duncan. Flavio Lajoia
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If you are reading this review, it means either you or a family member is in trouble and needs immediate legal counsel. Please know your search can end right now because Zalkind, Duncan & Bernstein is the law firm to hire. They are honest, responsive, compassionate and have the experience and expertise to bring... Client
★★★★★
I contacted Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein Law in April 2018 to get help for my son on an education-related matter. We worked primarily with Zoraida Fernandez, an Associate, and when needed met with Ruth O'Meara-Costello, a Partner. Zoraida was excellent. The whole process was emotionally exhausting and depressing and Zoraida was the only bright light in all of it... Nancy O.
★★★★★
I worked with Emma Quinn-Judge and Monica Shah. And from my first contact on the phone, on to my first meeting in their office and during the trial, I found them and the firm's entire team to be a group of consummate legal professionals who are very knowledgeable, patient, dedicated, fair, honest and caring... Chantal C.
★★★★★
I am forever grateful to all the staff at this firm, but in particular, Ms. Shah, Mr. Zalkind and Mr. Silverglate. They represented my son who was being sought for extradition to Scotland. The case took years to fight, covering new legal ground, setting precedence. But each one of these legal eagles went above and beyond the duty of office... Suzanne D.