Howard Berkson's answer Whether you have any legal recourse depends on the contents of your contract with the organization and with their own established past practices. You should take your paperwork to an attorney familiar with contract law and review it with him or her in detail.
Howard Berkson's answer Legally, "harassment" isn't usually what people think it is. I would need much more information to determine if you have been the target of illegal harassment. However, you should not provide that information here on this public forum. You should consider discussing that with an employment law attorney near you. As far as your medical information is concerned, it ordinarily cannot be revealed to the public or to co-workers except in limited circumstances unless you gave permission for the...
Howard Berkson's answer No. Under the Oklahoma payday law, checks must be issued within certain time frames. An employer is not permitted to withhold payroll from an employee except under special circumstances. None of the circumstances you mentioned are special circumstances that allow an employer to withhold payment or to deduct from your paycheck..
Howard Berkson's answer Generally, yes, an employer can require employees to be clean-shaven. For safety reasons, there are few alternatives. If it is merely part of the company "look" that employees be clean-shaven, and if your facial hair is part of a religious obligation, then you may try asking the employer for a religious accommodation.
Howard Berkson's answer Usually, no. However, if the employee is out in the middle of nowhere when you fire him or her, you can't just leave the employee by the side of the road without opening yourself up to significant liability. Naturally, the case against you would be much stronger if something bad happened to the employee, such as being struck by a car while trying to walk home on a deserted country road. However, if the employee ordinarily has no problem getting to and from the place where employment was...
Howard Berkson's answer It depends on the nature of your claim. Some claims possibly in PA, most claims in CA. You should talk to a lawyer familliar with employment law in your home jurisdiction, first.
Howard Berkson's answer If you are technically permitted to work, then your immigration attorney should be able to guide you toward getting whatever documents you need to fill out Form I-9. Whether the document is a work visa or a social security card or a U.S. passport or something else permitted, you can't work legally without Form I-9. Moreover, working illegally could interfere with your immigration interests. You should discuss this in detail with your immigration attorney. If your immigration attorney does...
Howard Berkson's answer You might have a case against the employer for assigning you more work than you can bill and also for making a deduction you did not authorize, if you did not authorize the deduction.. However, it depends on a variety of details that you should discuss with an attorney near you who is familiar with employment law.
Howard Berkson's answer A former employer can be liable under different legal theories for bashing a former employee on a reference check. Defamation is one theory. Under defamation, you would say that you have been economically injured because they have made false statements about you (your character, your competency, whatever), knowing the statements were false or with reckless disregard for whether they were true. Another theory has a fancy lawyer name: "tortious interference with contract." Essentially, we...
Howard Berkson's answer I am sorry to hear you are stuck in a purchase contract you cannot afford. From a lawyer's perspective, a contract is an exchange of promises that is enforceable by law. In other words, the whole point of having a contract is to force someone to keep their promise. The consequences of breaking your contract will likely be repossession of the vehicle and a judgment against you for the amount of money you still owe minus whatever they get from selling the car at auction plus interest, fees,...
Howard Berkson's answer If the terms of your probation require you to have employment, then your probation can be revoked for being unemployed. You should speak with an attorney. If money is too tight, check with Legal Aid of Oklahoma.
Howard Berkson's answer Criminal charges are brought by the state, the District Attorney makes the decisions, so it isn't up to you whether they continue prosecuting the case. However, that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do, but you need to talk to an attorney very quickly.
Howard Berkson's answer We don't have enough information to answer your question directly. You can talk to the employer and ask them why they didn't give you the bonus everyone else got. You can ask them why you weren't hired back given your seniority. What you should probably do is write down a timeline of what happened and take that along with any paperwork or letters you may have about the layoff to an attorney.
Howard Berkson's answer It sounds like you have a wage claim that the Department of Labor would be interested in. Generally, if you go the administrative route, there is value in having a lawyer help you prepare your charge. If it is clear and well organized and tailored to highlight just the facts relevant to the laws and regulations the employer allegedly broke, the agency might be faster to act and more interested in your case.
Howard Berkson's answer Your employer can change the terms and conditions of your work whenever they want, unless you have a contract in place saying they can't. For example, an employer can offer you work in Tulsa as a printer and then later transfer you to Oklahoma City to work as a baker and then fire you if you don't report to the OKC bakery. There are some exceptions and complicating factors, so it's worth talking about with an attorney.
Howard Berkson's answer Ordinarily, a non-exempt employee must be paid while traveling out of their home city for a work related purpose if such travel occurs during their normally scheduled work time. There are exceptions: you might be entitled to pay during non-scheduled hours. You should discuss the situation with an attorney or raise the issue with the Department of Labor.
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