Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Questions Answered by Rhiannon Herbert
1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Tennessee on
Q: Employment law and stock option grant question

Hi there--I was laid off from my job at a tech company last week. I have stock grants that vest 20% each year for 5 years. The lay-off occurred 10 1/2 months into my 2nd year of vesting, so I'm leaving a lot of money behind. I'm 54 years old and other people performing much worse than... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 31, 2022

You should contact a Tennessee employment attorney to discuss a potential age discrimination claim under the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). As for your contract containing the stock grants and the separation agreement you were given, you should also have these reviewed by a Tennessee... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Is a company allowed to separate from you without giving a valid reason?

I was at the corporate location in Desoto Tx working/training and was informed of the separation last minute and not given a valid reason. Now I am unexpectedly unemployed and no one from the company is taking my calls emails or texts to answer my general questions about compensation insurance and... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 24, 2022

Texas is an at-will employment state, meaning you or your employer can terminate the employment relationship at any time and for any reason, or for no reason at all. Thus, employers do not need to provide a reason for an employee's termination.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Employer violating handbook policy on vacation, sick and personal time .

Employer is not honoring hand book policy on leave time give. In the handbook it is stated in terms of days . Our facility is running permanent 10 and 12 hr schedule but vacation is accured based on 8 hour usage therefore does not equal the hours needed to cover stated days given. For instance 5... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 24, 2022

Unfortunately, there is no law that requires paid time off, so employers have a lot of discretion to make the rules regarding when (and how much) they offer. However, this may be worth bringing a complaint to the attention of your HR department and explaining the discrepancy if you have not already... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: A local employer rescinded my signed offer letter AFTER I resigned from my previous job. Do I have any legal recourse?

The offer letter contains mine and the employer's signature, the agreed upon salary, and my start date. The director called me and said the person I was replacing changed her mind and wanted her job back. They gave it to her since she was a good and long standing employee. If my current... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 17, 2022

While a review of the document you signed would be necessary to answer this question, job offer letters are usually not considered enforceable contracts. As a result, an employer can rescind a job offer for any reason, even if the employee has already signed an offer letter.

1 Answer | Asked in Gov & Administrative Law and Employment Law for South Carolina on
Q: I am a reserve deputy in training in Richland county and a private security company would like to hire me is it lawful?

I just would like to know if there is a possibility to do both because SLED is telling me I’d have to quit my reserve position. Thank you for your time! Have a blessed day!

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 17, 2022

More information is needed to answer this question. However, if you signed an agreement or contract as a reserve deputy, this is the first place you should turn regarding whether you are permitted to pursue other employment.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Is it legal to fire someone who has a medical condition without a given reason

My friend who is currently going through chemotherapy was apparently suspended without pay from the company we work for because they allegedly cited he smelled like alcohol when apparently he didn't and he was suspended for also taking medication .

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 11, 2022

Florida is an at-will employment state, meaning that workers can be terminated at any time and for any reason (or no reason at all). However, if your friend suspects he was targeted for termination based on his medical condition, he should speak with a Florida employment attorney about disability... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky on
Q: If a female is sexually harassed by her boss at they’re place of work and it is a corporate company what can she do?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 11, 2022

This individual should first make a written report of the instances of harassment to the company's HR department. If corrective action is not taken after this, this individual can next file a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Husband's work asking for doctor's note to be changed to reflect all dates he was absent. Is this legal?

Basically, husband works for state and has tons of sick time. He used some and brought a doctor's note that said he could return next day. He was still sick and didn't come back til day after. Now they are threatening to write him up if he cannot provide a doctor's note to... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 3, 2022

Yes, employers are permitted to require documentation supporting the illness or injury if the employee takes time away from work due to an illness or injury.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I was just asked not to return to work for not working 7 straight days to include working 10 hours on Saturday

I'm a hourly permanent worker in Southern California

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 3, 2022

There are no federal laws that set limits on the amount of hours in a day or week an employee can be required to work (assuming you are over the age of 18). Thus, your employer is permitted to require 7-day work weeks and/or 10+ hour work days and can terminate employees for attendance-related... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Virginia on
Q: can you sue a company for not giving you your cost of living raise
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Yes. Wage laws are generally only triggered if an individual's pay falls below the applicable minimum wage, or if they are not properly paid overtime for their hours worked over 40 in a workweek.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can employer terminate you for missing 2 days of work due to not being paid ? I’m full time get paid biweekly hourly

My check was late so I didn’t show up for my shift for 2 days and was let go even though I wasn’t compensated for the hours worked the previous 2 weeks. One manager said I wasn’t and the other said I was

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 26, 2022

Your employer is permitted to terminate your employment in this situation, but they are still responsible for paying you for the time you have worked.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: cpr class scheduled during my normal sleep time against the law?

so i work nights and my employer has scheduled a cpr class during the time I'm supposed to be sleeping and I'm supposed to work a 12 hour shift that night can he fire me if i don't show up to the class, this is in Washington state if that helps

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 19, 2022

Assuming you're over the age of 18, your employer can require you to attend both the class and your shift. There are no federal laws that mandate any break times or sleep times, but if this becomes a repeated issue, you should discuss your concerns with your supervisor and request that... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Hampshire on
Q: Can an employer require you to give a reason when requesting a day off?

A new manager put in place a rule that if you are asking for time off you must provide a reason for that request. If the reason isn't good enough, you are denied your request. The request sheet is left out so that anyone can see your request.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 19, 2022

Yes. Since paid time off is not required by law, employers have a lot of discretion to define the terms of when and how employees can use it. If you don't want your requests to be seen by others, you can ask to mark the days you'd like off on the sheet and separately email or message your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Education Law for Connecticut on
Q: Do I have a case? 2017 & 2018 both contractual step increase years. I took leave 2017 & returned 2018 & no step awarded

I am aware that the 2017 year leave of absence cost me the right to have a step increase. This was a decision I made willingly when I chose not to return to work that year. However in 2018 I did return to work and I was still denied a step increase they were two steps in two years and I didn’t... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 13, 2022

This depends on the specific language in your contract. You should contact a Connecticut contract attorney to review the contract regarding step increases and any potential exceptions to this rule.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: My employer had my wage at 15/hr, then reduced it and subtracted the “overpay.” Is that legal in California?

This is a small business, so minimum wage is set at 14/hr for the size of the business.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 13, 2022

As long as your hourly rate does not fall below the applicable minimum wage, this is permissible. However, if the subtraction of the "overpay" brought your equivalent hourly rate below minimum wage, this is a violation.

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Is my employer allowed to require a mandatory unpaid 30-minute break in the state of Florida?

I currently work for a remote company and I reside in the state of Florida. I have been working for this company for a few months and the only break given was a 20 minute paid break for an 8-hour shift. They now sent out a form to sign stating that we must take a 30-minute unpaid meal break, even... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 5, 2022

Yes. However, if you are required to do any work during this 30-minute break, you must be paid for this time and your employer cannot deduct it.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Minnesota on
Q: we have no published/signed agreements regarding pto company wide, can my employer legally require me to use PTO?

we have never signed a contract regarding pto nor has a published employee handbook stating pto guidelines been given to me. i am a salaried employee and my time off has never been an issue before as long as my hours are worked at some point or my work is up to date.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Apr 5, 2022

Yes. There are no laws that require employers to offer benefits such as PTO, so if your employer chooses to offer it, they can require you use it if you will miss work.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky on
Q: If I tried to complain to boss about harassment in the work place more than one time and was fired. Can I sue ?

I complained to my boss about harassment and people keeping from doing my job in correct and timely manner. also sexual assault happening in the work place. He set up a date for me to walk in that was March 25 at 8:30am and as soon as I walked in he already found a different way of firing me and... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Mar 30, 2022

You may have a claim for retaliation under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, but this will depend on what you told your boss in your complaint. Your complaint must be "protected" under the law, meaning your complaint of harassment must be based on your race, sex, age, disability, and/or... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Has my employer broken and ADA laws?

I have approved accommodations but since January my employer has kept adding so many tasks I am unable to follow my accommodations without being able to complete all my tasks and new tasks. This has led to me not getting my accommodated breaks and working over 40 hours (my accommodation limited me... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Mar 30, 2022

You should speak with your employer (if you haven't already) and let them know that you cannot complete your current workload while also honoring your approved accommodations that limit your hours. If the issue persists, you should contact an Oklahoma employment attorney to discuss your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Arizona on
Q: I'm currently work from home, a company sent me an offer agreement, I signed all the paperwork

I signed all of the paperwork, sent it back to them, started working, but never got a copy of it with their signature on it. I ended up quitting because it wasn't anything like I thought it would be. Now i'm having problems getting paid for the time I did work. I worked from home, so... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Mar 22, 2022

If you performed work for the company, then you should be paid for it, regardless of whether you have a copy of your offer letter. You should discuss your situation with an Arizona employment attorney.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.