Recently, two clients represented by Justin Murphy succeeded in their unemployment hearings after being initially denied benefits by the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA). The DUA had rejected their claims based on false information provided by their employers about the reasons for their separation from employment. As a result, Mr. Murphy is pleased to have successfully advocated for his clients in two contentious hearings related to their unemployment benefits.
Case 1. Signed Confession Thrown Out
In the first case, Mr. Murphy’s client, a former cashier at a major pharmacy retail chain, was terminated for allegedly stealing $10.00 that a customer left behind at the cash register. The cashier denied she did anything wrong and asked for proof during her interrogation by a loss prevention officer. No proof was ever provided but nevertheless, the client signed a confession admitting she stole the money. Thereafter, the employer terminated the cashier.
Mr. Murphy sat down with the client and was shocked to hear that the loss prevention officer accused the client of theft for over an hour in the back storage room of the store. During this hour-long ordeal, the loss prevention officer berated the cashier and made her feel like she had no rights; he made her feel like she was less than human. After what seemed like days, the cashier wrote a confession and signed it, thinking that doing so would be the only way she could keep her job. This proved incorrect and she was fired. When Mr. Murphy heard this account, he assured his client he would do everything in his power to help her.
Thereafter, Mr. Murphy represented the cashier at her unemployment hearing. Mr. Murphy established that the employer failed to present proof that his client stole any money. Moreover, Mr. Murphy established that the loss prevention officer’s hour-long interrogation amounted to undue influence and duress on the cashier which forced her to sign a confession. Thereafter, the unemployment hearing officer concluded the employer did not prove the employee actually committed theft.
Case 2. Exposing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
In the second case, Mr. Murphy battled an employer in another unemployment hearing on behalf of his client, a former store manager of a large retail clothing store. The unemployment office denied the client’s claim for benefits because the employer said the client abandoned her job.
The client is a divorced, female and mother who needed her job to put food on the table. The last thing this woman would ever do is abandon her job. Mr. Murphy argued that the owner of the clothing store sexually harassed the client for years. Mr. Murphy presented three former employees who testified the owner is known for gross behavior in the workplace. The employer’s lawyer aggressively attempted to discredit the client, but she maintained her composure and dignity throughout the hearing. After nearly a day of questioning, the unemployment office agreed with Mr. Murphy and concluded that the client did not abandon her job; but instead, the employer’s actions amounted to terminating her.
Now that Mr. Murphy has secured his client’s unemployment benefits, he is moving forward with a wrongful termination lawsuit based on sexual harassment and illegal retaliation against the owner/employer.
Justin M. Murphy represented my case and I must say I was quite satisfied that I hired him. When I started looking for a lawyer back in 2013, I went based of lawyers reviews. Justin M. Murphy had quite the resume when it came to reviews, so I contacted him. Although, it took nearly 10 years to resolve my case(No fault of Justin M. Murphy's) I was very satisfied with the outcome. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND him.
Justin helped us reach a speedy and satisfactory resolution to a dispute with our landlord. He wrote a demand letter, advised us on negotiations, and wrote a settlement agreement. He demonstrated a strong knowledge of Massachusetts tenant rights. We appreciated his prompt and warm communications. I would gladly hire Justin again.
I called for a consultation on an issue I'd researched myself and found pieces of a puzzle to but I didn't understand how it all went together. Justin was helpful on the phone but even more helpful once we hung up. He looked in to a few things and within minutes, honestly, called me back with more information. It was so clear and to the point that it left my with very little questions, basically, just do I move forward or not. I couldn't have asked for better clarity to help me lay out my options and I really appreciated that.
Justin M. Murphy responded to my inquiry in a very timely manner. After a brief phone consultation, he provided me with in-depth information and recommendations on how to proceed with my case. He was to the point and matter-of-fact in way that was easy to comprehend and realistic.
Consulted with Justin over pandemic benefits challenges and he was able to direct me after dissecting the foreign lingo used by the government. Very passionate, honest, and professional, hard to come across these days, remain blessed, thank you…
I recently consulted with Justin regarding a legal issue with my landlord. Justin provided expert advice that assisted me in effectively dealing with my landlord, and getting me the money I was owed! Justin is a kind and knowledgeable lawyer, and he delivers results. He provides all angles of the situation, and recommends the best course of action. I would have been helpless without his advice. I am sincerely grateful to him.
Justin is a consummate professional and I had an excellent experience working with him. He answered all my questions related to my unemployment claim and explained every step of the process. He broke down every legal term so that I would understand what we were doing. Every time a difficult arose, Justin knew how to deal with it. He is smart, realistic, efficient, pleasant and very experienced; All the qualities that you want in an attorney who is helping you.
Justin was very helpful and responsive. He took the time to speak with me regarding an urgent matter early on weekend so that I could feel confident taking next steps with regard to my matter. He was very knowledgable and well spoken. Justin was a recommendation from a friend and I feel comfortable referring him to any of my friends or family who might have need of an employment attorney.
I was absolutely pleased with the counseling I received from Justin. He thoroughly reviewed all of the documentation I sent to him. He informed me of my legal rights, provided advice on the correct verbiage to use in my response, and more importantly all of his advice was included in the free consultation.
I am typically not fond of lawyers, however, Justin listened to me when I spoke and never once cut me off. I am happy and pleased to know attorneys like Justin exist in today's society.
Mr Murphy is beyond description as a caring and a deal breaker attorney. He took my case without focusing on his fees at all. He listened to case and suggested and followed through everything he said he would do. I can recommend to whoerver who will like to have his name cleared and get the representation he or she deserved. Class act Mr Murphy and God bless all your hearth
I had been sexually harassed and bullied by manager for a big company. I followed protocol to report the harassment but was faced with bullying from upper management and felt corned. I internalized all the stress which turned into anxiety, PTSD and much more mental issues for me to deal with. When the company decided not to discipline or remove the manger from my work environment but promote him I decided to look for an attorney. I called several attorneys but never got a response. I stumbled onto some positive reviews for Justin M. Murphy and decided to reach out. He immediately contacted me back that same afternoon and consulted with me via phone. He saw that my situation required immediate action and offered to take on the case. The very next day the coperation i work for received a letter of representation from him. Within 2 days, the manger was removed and they reopened investigation. Justin M. Murphy was swift, honest and consistent with what he said he would do. He laid out many options for me and allowed me to decide how I wanted to proceed with suing the company. He worked swiftly to get me a paid leave of absence and was then able to get the company to settle with me outside of court for a dollar amount close to what I initially proposed. It was a huge plus that the company paid my legal fees as he promised. I was very happy with the outcome. He was supportive, attentive and seemed like he currently genuinely cared about getting me justice. This process was mentally exhausting but he took a load off once he stepped in which allowed me to focus on my recovery. I would recommend him to anyone who is seeking justice from an employer who did them wrong.
I cant thank you enough for getting my family justice against my landlord. I tried to pay Justin M. Murphy more because he only charged me a few hundred dollars because I do not make a lot of money. He did not take the money. After nearly a year of fighting for me and my wife who has cancer and son Justin M. Murphy got my landlord to pay me over one years rent in E. Boston. He also took care of a personal injury claim because the ceiling fell on top of me, getting me more money. Im an immigrant from Ecuador and I cant thank you enough for helping my family.
I was referred to Mr. Murphy by a mutual colleague when I found myself on the receiving end of a wrongful termination. Mr. Murphy was honest, capable, knowledgeable and empathetic - everything anyone would need in a stressful situation, especially one where he/she is not sure what their rights are according to the law. He was very patient and took the time to explain the finer points of my case and he accurately presented my options and the odds of our success in pursuing litigation. He was right at every turn, and even when I was not pleased with certain aspects, he was forthcoming and pleasant. I truly cannot recommend Justin Murphy more emphatically or more enthusiastically. He's not only an excellent attorney, he's an exceptional human being and I trust him and his judgment without reservation. I'm forever in his debt.
"Guided me through the process and provided me with details as they came in. Willing to fight for me on whatever decision I made. Also very fair and down to earth. Highly recommended!"