Dishman Law


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Tips belong to you, not anyone in management.

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Practice Areas

David has been a litigation attorney in Massachusetts for over 35 years. His area of practice focuses on serious accident injuries and employment law. David’s concentration in employment law has been class action cases involving failure to pay minimum wage, shared tips, and misclassification of workers as independent contractors. He has successfully handled numerous individual cases for sexual harassment, discrimination, and retaliation in the workplace. David has been involved in numerous class actions against strip club owners in Massachusetts for violation of the Wage Acts, illegal tip sharing, and requiring dancers to pay “house fees” to work. David was part of what is believed to be the the largest class action lawsuit against an adult entertainment venue in Massachusetts. For his work in the suit, David Dishman was featured in the Boston Globe. David has also been a strong advocate on behalf of homeowners who were force-placed into expensive, and often unnecessary, hazard insurance by various lenders including JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Green Tree / Ditech in cases pending before the United States District Court in the Southern District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Serious Accidents

David has over 35 years of experience in representing individuals who suffered serious injuries as a result of auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, code violations, and dangerous / defective products.

Tips + Service Charges

Employers cannot require you to share your tips or service charges with certain employees, including managerial staff. If you've been required or encouraged to share your tips with management or non-service employees you have the right to seek compensation.


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Sexual Harassment

Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and unwanted physical conduct are all examples of sexual harassment in the workplace and are illegal under Federal and state law. If you have been the victim of any of the above, you have the right to seek compensation.


You have the right to question your employer about any work place practice you believe violate the law. If you have been punished for questioning the legality of a workplace practice your employer may be in violation of Massachusetts law, and entitle you to compensation.

Failure to pay minumum wage & overtime

Your employer may be violating Massachusetts law if you are not getting paid minimum wage, which is currently $12 per hour for non-service employees, and $3.75 per hour for service employees. If you are a non-tipped hourly employee, your employer is required to pay you $18 per hour for all hours worked over 40 hours per week. Your employer must also pay for all of the hours that you've spent working, such as attending mandatory meetings outside of work, doing pre-shift and post-shift work. If you have been subject to any of these practices, you may be eligible to receive 3 times the amount you are owed, plus attorney’s fees.

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    About David

  • B.A. University of New Hampshire 1979
  • J.D. Vermont Law School 1983

David is a member of the Massachusetts bar, and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court in Massachusetts, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A large portion of David’s cases are referrals from other attorneys.