COMMON QUESTIONS

Common Questions from Clients

Having a lawyer for labor and employment law issues can be  beneficial to any employee. A lawyer can review your case, advise you on what laws apply to your situation, and represent you during any legal proceedings, if necessary.

The Barrault Team represents unions and employees in all aspects of litigation including arbitration, retirement and civil service agency proceedings, and in court. Our founder has won or settled hundreds of cases before arbitrators and hearing officers on issues ranging from failure to bargain, anti-union discrimination, written warnings and terminations, and  more complicated matters involving contract interpretation, and fact-finding or interest arbitration. She has successfully defended arbitration and interest arbitration awards to the Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Judicial Court, and litigated employment discrimination and retaliation cases before the MCAD, and state and federal courts.  Our founder has also won wage law cases in state and federal courts under the Fair Labor Standards Act. 

The Barrault Team is committed to providing you with both the strength and strategy that you need to tackle any contractual dispute that may arise. In the case of a union, we will work with your bargaining team to formulate proposals and analyze your employer’s financial condition.In the event of litigation, we will work with your team to prepare and present your case in front of a fact-finding or interest arbitration panel. In the case of an individual employee, we will work with you to negotiate employment and separation agreements, or just help you understand your rights and the process. 

Our goal is to form long-lasting relationships with those that we serve.  The union members and individuals that we work for are not just our clients, they are our family. You can trust that we are committed to giving you the advice that best suits your budget and needs. We will never rush you into lengthy and costly litigation just to line our own pockets. 

We strive to provide you with cost-effective advice and to settle problems as quickly as possible. We charge all of our clients, large or small, the same hourly rate and offer retainers when a retainer would be more beneficial to you and our team. We will never turn you away based on finances and we are committed to finding creative ways to meet your legal needs within your budget.

If you choose Barrault and Associates, we promise that someone from our team will be available to you when you need us and that we will always provide you with timely responses to your telephone calls and questions. 

Every Worker Deserves a Voice

The attorneys at our firm believe the right to organize, to bargain collectively and to withhold one’s labor are fundamental civil rights.  We are dedicated to achieving the best possible results for our client while being mindful of the need to control excessive fees and costs. We offer clients sophisticated yet practical legal advice to avoid unnecessary litigation and achieve best results. When litigation is necessary we undertake it as efficiently as possible with full commitment to our clients success. Fee arrangements are flexible and can be tailored to the particular needs of the client.

The settlements and case results listed on this site are only a sample of cases we have been involved in. Each case is different and the amount or restitution of a potential resolution of your case will vary considerably depending on a substantial amount of factors. Some case results were worked in conjunction with other law firms. Please do not include any confidential or sensitive information in a contact form, text message, or voicemail. The contact form sends information by non-encrypted email, which is not secure. Submitting a contact form, sending a text message, making a phone call, or leaving a voicemail does not create an attorney-client relationship.