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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Employment Law and Public Benefits for Maryland on
Q: Employer claiming breach of contract on bogus claims and withholding wages. How do I proceed?

After submitting a two-week notice, my employer claims I have breached my employment contract on largely bogus claims. He has also withheld a previous paycheck. I was given an impossible number of tasks to complete during my final two weeks, and he is claiming not completing these tasks is a breach... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 21, 2021

If you are an employee, you can file for unemployment comp alleging a change in work conditions.

As to at will employment--that's what everyone is. He can't withold wages for work done. Take his advice and call a wage-hour attorney,

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Intellectual Property for New York on
Q: I prepared many policies and procedures for my employer. Do I have any legal ownership of the documents I created

Documents including operating templates created by myself all on my personal laptop not issued through the business. All budgets and analysis's have been created on my laptop. Are any of these documents legally my property considering I created it all from scratch on my laptop.

Omar Darwich
Omar Darwich answered on Jun 20, 2021

It's most likely going to depend on the nature of your employment contract with your employer.

Your best best is to consult with an attorney and have them do a review of your employment contract.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: The employer agrees with the hours worked but won't pay employee because the company says it hasn't received payment.

My sister residing in CA worked remotely transcribing for an Illinois company. They started having financial issues a few years ago and did things like move out scheduled pay dates. They made payroll for a while then started missing those dates. Last year my sister was behind 3 or more paychecks on... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 18, 2021

The good news here is that you are completely incorrect when you say she cannot collect unemployment because she is technically employed. You do not have to be unemployed to get UI benefits. You simply have to establish that you are not working and not getting paid or that you are under employed.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Landlord - Tenant for Virginia on
Q: Can manager of motel where I work and live for past 3 yrs raise my rent if I no longer work for him

He threatened to raise my rent if I quit him

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 18, 2021

There are two relationships involved in your reported situation. One is the employer-employee relationship. The other is the landlord-tenant relationship. I will only address the landlord-tenant relationship because I do not handle employment law matters. If you have a written lease, the landlord... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Kansas on
Q: Can a supervisor take hours from you while you're on the clock
Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jun 17, 2021

Hello, more information is needed here. Are you paid hourly? The employer is required to pay you at least the minimum wage for all hours worked, and at a rate of one and one-half times your regular hourly rate for hours worked over 40. There may be an issue here if they are deducting hours in weeks... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: If I worked 2 days and quit, am I supposed to get pay for one or both days?

I quit due to commute issues and other personal reasons and I checked the company payroll app to see how much I’m supposed to get paid but it only says I get paid for one day. Is this correct or should I get in contact with the payroll manager?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jun 17, 2021

Hello, more information is needed here. The company is required to pay you at least the minimum wage for all hours you worked and and time and a half of our hourly wage if you were paid hourly for all hours worked above 40 in a workweek. I would wait to see how much you are paid and then reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims, Employment Law and Collections for North Carolina on
Q: Can I take legal action to receive the total compensation I should have been paid while working there?

While interviewing for a chain restaurant GM position mid Dec of 2019 I was asked what annual salary I would accept to leave where I was currently employed and work there. I asked for 65,000 and the district Mgr at that time who was interviewing me agreed, but he said they would need to start me at... Read more »

Kirton M. Madison
Kirton M. Madison answered on Jun 16, 2021

Yes. You can take action. You should hurry though because you are running up against the statute of limitations. You should be able to use the documentation and text messages that you already have in your possession. You may take the restaurant to small claims court for the difference in the amount... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Employment Law and Civil Litigation for Virginia on
Q: Am I eligible for compensation for VEC Employment Commission for damages for loosing my car and house

I’ve waited almost three months I had a outstanding error on my account it took me two months to get a hold of someone in the office. Got the account fixed called again to file said my claim couldn’t be processed because of an outstanding error on my account. Now I call and after the lawsuit... Read more »

F. Paul Maloof
F. Paul Maloof answered on Jun 16, 2021

I do not handle employment law matters. Sorry.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: If someone signs an employment contract. Do they have the right to decide to cancel it with a certain time frame?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jun 16, 2021

The answer to this question will depend on the language that is in the contract, but generally, once a contract is signed (and assuming you weren't coerced or forced into signing), it becomes binding.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Georgia on
Q: If I accept a job offer and the job requires rotating shifts .i have a disability that will not allow me to work those

hours do they have to accommodate me

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 16, 2021

More information is needed to answer your questions. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, an employer is required to engage in an interactive process to attempt to come up with a reasonable accommodation that allows you to perform the essential functions of your position but does not cause an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Washington on
Q: is it legal to record someone with out consent or knowledge if its to catch them harassing you at the workplace

the harassment is both verbal abuse and sexual in nature. no physical sexual harassment so the recording would be audio

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 16, 2021

Washington is a "two-party consent" state. That means it is unlawful to intercept or record a private phone call, in-person conversation, or electronic communication unless all parties to the communication consent.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law on
Q: my employer only gives me a total of 10 hours of shifts in during 30 days

hello there, my employer is refusing to give more hours, telling me that the business is going slow and should give hours to other old emplyees, knowing that i was hired as a part time emplee

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jun 16, 2021

The situation you have described is not, of itself, unlawful. However, if you believe you are being passed up for hours for a discriminatory reason (i.e. based on race, sex, disability, religion, age) then your employer's actions could serve as evidence of discrimination in violation of Title... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I'm having issue with my unemployment benefits they now say they overpaid me.

Unemployment benefits said I owe them when they specifically put in my financial information and now they want to force me to bring out all my work history contract jobs so they can judge if I will receive Unemployment.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 15, 2021

You have not asked a question. If you are looking to hire an attorney, this Q&A board is not the place that can happen. If you want to know what to do, gather all the information the EDD wants to see and provide it to them. Once a determination is made, if it is against you, be sure to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Arkansas on
Q: My employer owes me back wages for 2020 & 2021 amounting to 43,000.00. How can I collect some or all of this
Chris W. Burks
Chris W. Burks answered on Jun 14, 2021

Thank you and both federal and state law protect employees who are owed wages. Arkansas contract law provides protections for employees who may be owed money under an employment contract.

Also, Arkansas state law reads that if an employee is discharged, the employer is required to pay...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Immigration Law for California on
Q: What are the options to work and stay in the country apart from H1B Visa?

I am international student and currently on F1 Visa. I have substantial degrees Bachelor's, Post Graduate from India have completed my MS Marketing in the U.S and soon will be conferred with MBA in U.S. I have 20 years of work experience with 3.5 years (OPT/CPT - 40 HOURS) within U.S. I am... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jun 13, 2021

The decision in the 1990s not to make permanent, the 200,000 visa cap pretty much created the professional work visa mess of the 2000s.

Most will find the road to seeking a work visa cost ineffective. There may be other visa options for some, but not for others.

As a result, I...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can the minor child (17) of someone currently on a work visa waiting to receive their green card work legally in the US?

17 year old hopes to find work while her mother is waiting to receive her green card. She has already applied and has been waiting for a while, her daughter wants to get a summer job in the meantime to help support the family. Is the daughter eligible to work if the parent is on a legal sponsored... Read more »

Kevin L Dixler
Kevin L Dixler answered on Jun 12, 2021

Not this summer. The daughter must be a derivative beneficiary. That is, she must be able to qualify for adjustment of status based upon her mom’s current immigrant visa. This requires an understanding of how the current visa bulletin works.

I strongly recommend an appointment with a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Does unemployment cover taking a leave of absence to care for a parent who’s become too weak to sustain on their own?

I’ve recently taken a leave of absence to provide care to my elderly father during COVID who suffers from Congestive heart failure. I am the only child and have since relocated to be with him. We just began in-home physical therapy in hopes of increasing his strength so he may become stronger... Read more »

Anna L Self
Anna L Self answered on Jun 11, 2021

No. You must be actively seeking work to qualify for unemployment.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Am I legally required to obtain liability insurance in PA as an independent contractor?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 11, 2021

Depends on the type of liability insurance. If you mean general liability, no, unless your contract with the person hiring you requires it.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for New York on
Q: I had a virtual job interview but there were a lot of tech troubles. It wasn't my fault. Can I ask to do it again?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jun 11, 2021

There are employment law attorneys here who are most knowledgeable in this area, but your question remains open for a week, and you might be losing valuable time or a good opportunity. From a practical standpoint, ask. You have nothing to lose, and it could be preferable to the prospective employer... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: How can I get the California Labor ?Department to actually read my information about my case?

I have proof that I contacted them way before any time statutes past, but they will not even look at it.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jun 10, 2021

If your right to appeal has passed, there is no practical way to get them to take up your case. Whether you can approach the dispute from a litigation standpoint, i.e., in court, depends on much more information than you have provided here.

Trying to resolve a wage or hour dispute by...
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