Worker’s Rights in the Workplace
What protections do you have in the workplace and who do you call if you need help? This presentation will give you a brief overview of three federal enforcement agencies-Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA), Wage and Hour Division (WH), and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the statutes each agency enforces. Worker safety, wage protection and pay obligations by your employer, and how to determine if you have experienced discrimination in the workplace will be the focal point of the session.
Patty Colarossi started with the US Department of Labor /Wage and Hour Division in 1990. Ms. Colarossi worked as an Investigator and remained in that role until August 2011. Ms. Colarossi is currently serving as the Community Outreach and Resource Planning Specialist for the Boston District Office. This role within Wage and Hour is to help assist with sustaining Wage and Hour compliance by providing educational outreach and support to employers, employees, and various organizations that have an interest in Wage and Hour issues. Ms. Colarossi has been the recipient of many Secretary Exceptional Achievement Awards as well as being named Wage and Hour Employee of the Year in 2002 and 2004. Ms. Colarossi has a BS degree in Education from Springfield College.
Anthony Pino, Enforcement Supervisor is an eight -year veteran of the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Boston Area Office. Anthony started with the Commission in December of 2009 as an investigator and was promoted to Enforcement Supervisor in October of 2014. Anthony has an extensive military and law enforcement background. He served as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Deputy Sheriff for Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office, Federal Air Marshal and served as an adjunct hand to hand combat instructor for the agency, and Police officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Anthony has experience investigating complex, systemic, pattern and practice and class cases for the EEOC. Anthony has received many awards during his tenure with the EEOC to include but not limited to, the District Directors Award and Sustained Performance Awards.
Peter Barletta is the current “Compliance Assistance Specialist” from the Boston South OSHA Office in Braintree MA, providing technical assistance, outreach and training to OSHA stakeholders and the public through the development of alliances, partnerships, and cooperative programs. From 2004 to 2014 he was the Assistant Area Director for the OSHA Braintree Office, supervising OSHA Compliance Officers. He also spent 14 years in the field as an OSHA Compliance Officer conducting inspections and accident investigations on various construction and general industry sites including Boston Central Artery Construction Projects and Deer Island Tunnel Projects. Education holds a Master Degree from Suffolk University Boston’s (MPA) Program, a Civil Engineering Degree (BSCE) from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a graduate from Boston Latin High School. He is a Certified Safety Specialist (CSP), and Engineering in Training Certificate (EIT). Mr. Barletta is also an active member of the American Society of Safety Engineer’s Boston Chapter.