V. Jonas Urba's answer A charge is not a conviction. How would that alleged battery charge (maybe conviction?) related to the essential functions of the job the candidate will perform? Call some employment lawyers to discuss. Don't guess!
V. Jonas Urba's answer Are you at will? No contract? You might get back pay and then be fired again. Employers need no reason at all to fire at will employees. If you are not happy with this job find another one first before quitting this one.
V. Jonas Urba's answer You can be fired for a good reason, bad reason or no reason at all as an "at will" employee. If you are non union, non civil service, or do not have a written contract of employment you are probably at will. Being in the bathroom is not an illegal reason to fire someone unless you told your employer about some medical condition which might require extended bathroom time. Unless you were told that excess bathroom time could get you fired you should be able to recover unemployment, barring gross...
Bullying laws do not apply in workplaces unless you work in a school. There are no civility codes at work unless your employer has policies to prohibit such conduct. Was the "bullying" because of your age, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, etc.... classes to which you belong as protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ADA, ADEA, FMLA, NYC Human Rights Law, NYS Human Rights Laws or other?...
V. Jonas Urba's answer If your employer is named in the lawsuit then take the papers to the employer since you still work there. Your employer can not possibly defend you if they have no idea you were served. And if they find out you were served and did not tell them that could be a breach of some policy to notify your employer. The employer will or should tell you if you:
Harassment must be severe or pervasive meaning it's recurring. Of course your employer might have a dating policy and violating that is at your own risk.
You might want to run it by HR. I have heard of some employers in NYC asking employees who date to sign "love contracts." I think that's ludicrous and probably not enforceable but if your company requires that think about it if you value your job or if you...
V. Jonas Urba's answer What are your damages? Who, could you prove, was responsible for sending emails that caused you to incur some type of financial loss? And that person or persons have assets assuring you that were you to recover against them on some tort or other theory they could or would pay?
Apparently something false was stated in those e-mails, that you suspect others believed, and that others believed you wrote, and you now want to clear your name, so that you can recover the damages you will prove...
If this does not answer the question, call employment lawyers for an in depth analysis of the specific facts of your job duties. A position description should be reviewed by the employment lawyer who evaluates your potential claim. Good luck.
V. Jonas Urba's answer Have you asked HR why they need it? There might be a very legitimate reason and if they are requiring that from all reservists why object? If you needed a workplace accommodation and your employer kept requesting more and more clarification from your physician would you not have to provide that; within reason?
V. Jonas Urba's answer Employees need to report harassment. Of course now the New York State Law protects employees who are sole employees so unwelcome conduct by just the owner of a company would be covered.
You must file charges with the EEOC within 300 days of the last discriminatory action or 1 year to file a complaint with the NYS DHR alternatively.
The timely reporting and or filing is critical because often the retaliation claims are the best. If those who timely reported or witnesses who...
V. Jonas Urba's answer What are your damages? Not simply emotional distress. Seek legal counsel to evaluate all of the facts, the people who have believed the false statements, the money you have lost because someone relied on the truth of those false statements which caused you financial loss of some type, etc... and good luck.
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