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Q: My employer refuses to pay me what do I do
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jul 14, 2021

Hello, more information is needed here. Are you categorized as a 1099 independent contractor or W2 employee? How many hours per week are you working? I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation.

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Q: Can my employer really punish me for calling in during a notice in this type of instance?

I have worked for a hospital for 4 years. All that is legally required from my employer for a notice of leave is a 2 week notice. However, because my job might be hard to replace due to the pandemic, I decided to be nice and give them a 2 month notice. A week after turning in this said notice, I... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 6, 2021

Assuming you don't have an employment contract that states otherwise, there is no federal law that requires you to provide any notice at all to your employer before resigning. However, if you do have an employment contract that requires you give notice of your resignation, the length of time... Read more »

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Q: I need help. I am getting my wages garnished due to a medical bill that I have not had the money to pay b/c of Covid-19

I’ve been affected by COVID-19 twice in the last 8 months and have not had a steady pay due to not being able to work. I was sick with it twice and I do not have a full time position job or even part time. I am only as needed so I get about 25-35 hours a week and I get paid bi weekly so it’s... Read more »

Sarah S. Shepard
Sarah S. Shepard answered on Dec 4, 2020

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. That sounds very hard. Alabama law allows people with judgments against them to exempt the first $1,000.00 of each month's wages from garnishment by a creditor (including a hospital). Here is a new story about the exemption:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for Alabama on
Q: I have an old, two years, unwritten lease with utilities with my employer who is also my landlord. Am I a tresspasser?

He is harrassing me to get out and says that I am a tresspasser but refuses to fire me, pay me, or give me a 30 day written notice to vacate although the Huntsville Police told him to do just that. He refuses to let me put the utilities in my name and he willfully let the utilities to be turned... Read more »

Sheila Crumley Field
Sheila Crumley Field answered on Oct 20, 2020

Good grief! You need to hire a lawyer immediately! If you can’t afford one go to your nearest legal aide office! And good luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Military Law for Alabama on
Q: What do I need to do if I was fired from my job a month after I was activated with my reserves unit?

I have worked with my employer since Nov. 2018. In March of 2020, our restaurant was switched to curbside pickups only. They gave us the option to switch to unemployment because they would only keep a couple employees to work due to covid. April, I received orders for active duty starting 4/20 for... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Sep 30, 2020

I highly recommend reaching out to an employment attorney in your area to discuss options. This sounds like discrimination based on military service, which would be a violation of USERRA. The employer is required to place you back in the same position (or the position you would have attained had... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: I am being forced into a new position at work and was told to take it or resign - what rights do I have?
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Sep 16, 2020

Are you in a Union or is your employment governed by a Collective Bargaining Agreement or Employment Contract? If not, you have very little rights. You need to provide more information for a more thorough analysis, but Alabama is an at will state, meaning you can be terminated for any reason or no... Read more »

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Q: Can a skilled nursing facility tell you that you have to start working 12hr shifts on all scheduled days?

I work at a skilled nursing facility in Alabama. And the DON of the facility sent out a text to all the CNA’s saying we have to start workin 12hr shifts on all our scheduled days, unless notified otherwise. Is that legal? This was sent to full time and part time employees.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jul 29, 2020

Your employer may increase your hours as described, but you should also make sure you're being properly paid for each hour worked. If you work more than 40 hours in a single, 7-day workweek, you should be paid overtime at a rate of one-and-one-half times your regular hourly rate for each hour... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Alabama on
Q: I am a private caregiver that was hired by a elderly couple sons. At the beginning of my employment a year ago one of

Their sons was asking my coworkers if they thought that I was a crackhead and at the end of my employment. That same son made some sexual advances towards me. This caught me off guard, had me extremely nervous, uncomfortable and scared. Because of my fear of him and loosing my job, when he asked me... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jul 8, 2020

Hi, there is a claim called "quid pro quo" sexual harassment. This occurs when a job benefit is directly tied to an employee submitting to unwelcome sexual advances. Based on what you stated above, it sounds like your continued employment was tied to you going on a date with the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Social Security for Alabama on
Q: Can you file for unemployment if your SSDI is ending?

I know the 2 things are basically opposite things but.

My SSDI ends next month.

I will have no income at that point.

While I'm probably technically not disabled anymore. I am immunocompromised which was a main factor in my SSDI decision originally. Now with coronavirus,... Read more »

Susan Michele Schaefer
Susan Michele Schaefer answered on Apr 28, 2020

Yes, it is possible to claim both SSDI and unemployment insurance. That being said, qualifications for each of these two programs differ greatly. Social Security disability benefits provide financial support to those who are unable to work. Unemployment provides temporary payments to those who lost... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: My employer is saying our Covid-19 $1200 stimulus check will be deducted from our paycheck. Is this legal?

I work at a Medical facility in Alabama

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Apr 22, 2020

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") requires employees to be paid a minimum wage for all hours worked. If your employer deducts the amount from your paycheck and your total compensation for the week does not rise above the minimum wage required to be paid under the FLSA, you may have a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: In Alabama, if my boss requires me to train my piers, am I titled to extra pay? Or am I just “in the line of duty?”

I was a dept supervisor for a local plant of a global flooring factory. Recently my job title was erased and replaced with 4 shift lead jobs of which I was given one. My manager is making me train the other 3. I’m knowledgeable enough to do it, but feel if I’m being forced to train others, I... Read more »

Kate Furek
Kate Furek answered on Mar 23, 2020

Without knowing all the facts, your employer can ask that you do any task within your job description. Job descriptions are usually broad. If you are paid hourly or salary (rather than on commission), then he likely isn't required to pay you any extra bonus for this work.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: Can I not receive unemployment if I was intimidated by boss to the point it was in better for my health to quit?

I exhausted intermittent FMLA (which I was on for depression and anxiety due to relationship with boss) before coming to this decision. While I was on FMLA it was discussed with HR and there was no resolution to help my worklife become better.

Kate Furek
Kate Furek answered on Mar 22, 2020

After you have exhausted your FMLA, your employer is not required to extend any more leave under the FMLA for you. However, if you have an ADA claim, you may request your employer make a reasonable accommodation for you. Not all employers are required to follow the ADA, so it's in your best... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Employment Law, Contracts and Collections for Alabama on
Q: My wages are being garnished by employment for old credit card debt. If I quit my job and work as a 1099 what can happen

This is in Alabama and the bank is capital one for one judgement for around $1,200 which is being garnished as a regular employee and I have another judgment for $2,000 something that can’t be garnished because I’m already being garnished I never went to court for this. If I was as a 1099 or... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 10, 2019

Changing your employment status from regular employee to 1099 independent contractor will NOT stop or prevent a judgment creditor from seizing part of your paycheck. In fact, changing status will INCREASE the amount of the paycheck--which should bring a smile to your judgment creditor's ugly face.

Q: As a developer, does my employer own rights to my side projects that I work on in my own time and on my own hardware?

In my employer’s employment agreement:

“As between Company and myself, I agree that all right, title, and interest in and to any and all copyrightable material, notes, records, drawings, designs, inventions, improvements, developments, discoveries and trade secrets conceived,... Read more »

Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn answered on Jul 1, 2019

That is what they are asking for. You would need to consult with an employment attorney in your state to see if this would be enforceable under local law.

This is an overreach by the company. Normally, they limit this sort of agreement to inventions or software related to their line of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Alabama on
Q: I'm interested in filing a suit against let's eat out Incorporated

I have proof of the wrongs that were done to me at the Athens Alabama location and have proof that I reached out for help from people and higher positions and was ignored also there are for other people and similar situations with proof for their own wrong-doings by this company.

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Oct 25, 2018

Based on the limited details here, it could be difficult for an employment attorney to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim. If you consulted with an employment attorney, you could at least learn what timeframes you need to take action before to preserve your legal rights if they... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Alabama on
Q: I’m a nurse practitioner and I signed an employment contract to give 3 months notice prior to resignation.

I’m a nurse practitioner and I signed an employment contract to give 3 months notice prior to resignation. However, they recently posted my job on Indeed. I approached my collaborating physician about it and he never came out and said it was my job but didn’t say it wasn’t either. He did say... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Jan 29, 2018

I think it is entirely possible that your contract with the doctor is not enforceable because you are a professional. Call a lawyer in your town and get some advice here. Make sure the attorney knows that the new statute concerning non compete agreements does not abrogate the prohibition against... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Personal Injury for Alabama on
Q: Can I sue Dorsey trailers for firing me for going in rehab

My husband worked at Dorsey Trailer from 2012-2015. Left to work at walmart for a year and returned to Dorsey July of this year. They knew he was alcoholic and wrote him up once or twice for drinking on the job during his first employment with them. Since his return, his immediate supervisor has... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 9, 2017

Unlikely but the best thing to do is consult a member of the Alabama Trial Lawyers Assn who handles employment issues and see what they say; they give free consults.. If they did allow him to use other vehicles to get booze it's possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Alabama on
Q: Can an employer rescind a job offer on the basis that something might show on background report?

I had an interview with an insurance company which went extremely well, and I was immediately offered a position. I went back in to fill out paperwork, and I was asked if I had ever been convicted of a felony. I was honest and said yes. Eleven years ago I was convicted of class c possession. No... Read more »

Anthony Rocco Pecora Esq
Anthony Rocco Pecora Esq answered on Oct 11, 2017

An employer may use a background report to assist it in making employment decisions. HOWEVER, since background reports or background "checks" are considered consumer reports under the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), employers must follow specific rules when not only using the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Alabama on
Q: I was wrongfully Terminated based on accusations that weren't verified.Who do I contact and can I sue on low income?

they pitted my managers word over my own with no evidence to back anything up. i was called a dishonest person and fired. i have proof with recepits and times to prove my innocence and cameras will show that i am not lying. but noone ever checked. what can i do? im out of a job for no reason and... Read more »

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman answered on Sep 13, 2017

In Alabama an employer can fire you for any reason at all -- provided that reason is not because of your race, disability gender etc. If you believe you were fired because of one of those kinds of reasons, you first have to go to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and file a complaint.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Alabama on
Q: I was recently let go from a job. They are claiming I was asleep or sleeping on the job, which I was not.

Fact is is I just wasn't the right ethnicity, they needed a Spanish collector. I went ahead and filed for unemp. but they keep fighting it, how is that legal?

William C. Head
William C. Head answered on Aug 16, 2017

You need a lawyer to assist you. If no contemporaneous report of being caught sleeping on the job was made, then the company has no evidence of dereliction of duty. Plus, many places of employment have cameras, and these can possibly refute their claims.

Your case seems like a retaliatory...
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