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4 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Is is legal for my company to make me do a “working suspension” and not pay me while I am at work?

My company regularly tells employees they are under a “working suspension” where we are required to clock in and perform regular duties but are not compensated in any way for the hours worked

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James J. Hux answered on May 19, 2020

You should contact an employment attorney as soon as possible. You should be paid for the time you are working. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can employer make me wear a mask even with a doctors note?

I have gotten a doctors note stating I can not wear a mask but to allow me to wear my face shield while working. Human Resources approved it. Today I received a call from my boss stating that HR changed their mind and I have to wear a mask.

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James J. Hux answered on May 12, 2020

Depending on the circumstances, this could be an instance of disability discrimination. You should contact an employment attorney as soon as possible to discuss your situation in more detail. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I was working for amazon when I came down with symptoms for COVID-19. Can I sue then for wrongful termination?

This was before America had any knowledge of the virus. I came down with all of the symptoms and a horrible full body rash. The hospital also had no idea what was going on. Amazon let me go because I couldn’t work due to me being extremely sick. Can I sue for wrongful termination?

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James J. Hux answered on Apr 21, 2020

You may be able to pursue a claim against Amazon. Contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible to discuss your situation in more detail.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Am I able to sue my employer?

My employer texted me telling me that I need to keep my “damn” mouth shut about my pay (he has an open pay policy everyone knows about). He also said he’ll sleep just fine at night if my ungrateful attitude is gone forever. He told me that he would terminate me, “because in Ohio I don’t... Read more »

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James J. Hux answered on Apr 6, 2020

This could be considered retaliation, but you need to talk to an employment attorney in more detail. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I was not paid by my employer, it's been over 3 weeks since the pay period and still nothing. I'm in ohio. What can Ido?

I only briefly worked for this company for around 3 weeks I was hired on the spot and started a few days later with no Training whatsoever. Mind you, it's a home care position. I had given all documents required for employment to a manager who did my interview. I tried for days to contact.... Read more »

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James J. Hux answered on Feb 25, 2020

Sometimes the government agencies are limited on what they can recover for you.

I'm not necessarily seeing anything in your question that would prevent you from getting the full $13/hr. The only way to know for sure is by contacting an employment law attorney as soon as possible....
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Ohio on
Q: I was recently demoted to a data entry only position at work and my wages were reduced, however I am not doing data entr

My employer reduced my wages, because they said my job duties were only going to be data entry. However they have me doing a physical labor job. Are they allowed to do that

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James J. Hux answered on Feb 12, 2020

Generally, your employer can reduce your wages. Since you have placed this in employment discrimination though, it could be worth it to talk to an employment law attorney in more detail. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: For a company based in NY and OH. Workers fired after a month of work, this has happened multiple times.

A company hires a large group of people (150-200) for a seasonal position. The hiring manager gets commission for each person hired. 1-3 months later, the company fires all people hired. This has happened to multiple different groups over the course of a few years. Is this legal?

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James J. Hux answered on Jan 27, 2020

Unless there is some contract, this is unfortunately probably legal. I wish it wasn't, but there's not really anything that can be done about horrible management decisions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Bathroom breaks. I was denied a 5-8 minute break to change my tampon. I couldn’t wait for lunch; it’s 2 hours away

my question is in regards to bathroom breaks. I was to work 11 hours minus my lunch (30 mins) and 3 breaks with 2 hours 45 Mins in between each breaks and lunch. I was on my menstruation and my manager gave me a verbal warning for taking an 8 min bathroom break to change myself. I asked her if I go... Read more »

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James J. Hux answered on Jan 23, 2020

This sounds like it could be gender discrimination to me. You should contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible to discuss the situation in more detail. Some will offer a free initial consultation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Ohio on
Q: Can i record an conversation at work with my boss, in ohio?

I have been discriminated against at work because of my nationality. I recorded my direct boss where he confessed that the HR manager discriminated against me.

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James J. Hux answered on Jan 23, 2020

Yes, you can record the conversation. You should also talk to an employment law attorney as soon as possible. It looks like you should file a charge with the Ohio Civil Rights Commission or EEOC, but helping an attorney help you file either of them is a generally good idea. Some attorneys will... Read more »

4 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my employer request me to come in 15 min early and not pay me? I have done this for 5 years with out fail.

Also if they have to pay me, will it be considered overtime?

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James J. Hux answered on Jan 8, 2020

You should contact an employment law attorney immediately. This could be an FLSA violation. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can an employer of an hourly employee contact an employees doctor in order to dictate or change a doctors slip?

Hourly employee has an added break for stress management. Leadman and company nurse having a pissung contest about smoking while on said break. Company called Dr to modify Dr note to include break is not meant for smoking. I understand its a minor thing, but what if?

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James J. Hux answered on Jan 8, 2020

This is an interesting issue, but it sounds like the employer's conduct is inappropriate. Any attorney would need more detail to fully analyze the issue. Some employment law attorneys offer a free initial consultation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Ohio on
Q: Hello, Is it possible to file a lawsuit if I feel I were wrongfully terminated due to discrimination?

I believe I was. Along with a list of other people who were terminated before and after me, that told me the same person fired them. And it was all African Americans. He had a snobby attitude toward employees, and never had a concern. We have meetings every morning, I had a suggestion, which I... Read more »

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James J. Hux answered on Dec 31, 2019

If you believe you were terminated due to race discrimination, then yes, you may be able to file a lawsuit. Here, it seems like you believe your employer was treating employees differently based on their race. You should contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible. Some will offer a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Whats going be the easiest way get my last check. Employers been putting me off for weeks now.
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James J. Hux answered on Dec 9, 2019

The easiest way would probably be to hire an employment law attorney. There's no guarantee that it would make it go faster though. Speak with an employment law attorney as soon as possible. Some will offer a free initial consultation.

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Hux Law Firm LLC

4 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for Ohio on
Q: I was given a settlement due to a car accident. Today when I was called in to get my check, I was told I needed to sign

the full settlement check first and they would need to deposit it into their account and wait for it to clear before I would be issued my check. Is this normal?

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James J. Hux answered on Aug 24, 2019

Yes, this is normal. Attorneys usually have to deposit the funds into a trust account first to clear. The only way that would not occur would be if the insurance company provided separate checks for everyone with a lien/interest in the settlement amount.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: I gave two week’s notice at my current employer. I have 13 vacation days left and my company doesn’t have a policy on

Paying out unused vacation time upon separation of employment. I live in Ohio. I believe they have to pay it since there is no policy. Correct?

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James J. Hux answered on Jul 1, 2019

Unfortunately, that is not the case. Vacation time is not guaranteed to be paid out like wages are. An Ohio employment attorney may be able to help you to recover them though. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Besides legal aid and EEOC (time expired for legal aid and less than 15 employees so EEOC cant) Who can help me?

My prior employer wrote an employment contract that included a base as well as an $800 per mo draw against future commissions for a (minimum of 18 months) however after less than 6 months he just came to me and said that he was going to do away with the draw against commission all together. When I... Read more »

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James J. Hux answered on May 14, 2019

This would likely be more a breach of contract, which the EEOC would not look at. Unless there is some other discrimination occurring that is not mentioned, you would only be able to bring suit in state court. You should speak with an employment law attorney as soon as possible to discuss your... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Workers' Compensation for Ohio on
Q: If my husband injured himself and work and the owner asked him to file it under his personal insurance ?

so there premiums don't go up can they do that.

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James J. Hux answered on May 1, 2019

They could ask that, but it is suspicious behavior. That could be seen as attempting to dissuade your husband from workers' compensation, which is illegal. You and your husband should contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible and discuss your claim in more detail. Some will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: individual with disability. employer wants me to sign away my rights. How much is reasonable?

ER decided to "end our employment relationship". Currently negotiating separation package. My disability experience with the ER has not been positive & they want me to sign away my rights to talk about them. I don't think that's fair and I think it should have substantial... Read more »

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James J. Hux answered on Mar 18, 2019

If you believe you have been discriminated against because of your disability, you would probably benefit from speaking with an employment law attorney before accepting any severance agreement. Some attorneys will offer a free initial consultation.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: Can my employer reprimand me, possibly fire me for using approved FMLA days.
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James J. Hux answered on Feb 8, 2019

If your employer did so, it could be FMLA retaliation. You should speak with an employment law attorney as soon as possible to discuss your situation in more detail. Some will offer free initial consultations.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: My employer has fail to release my paycheck to me. I have given my two week notice. they are being very mean

this is going on the second payday that they refuse to pay me

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James J. Hux answered on Jan 23, 2019

You should contact an employment law attorney as soon as possible. It is not clear if you already left or not, but your employer should have paid you on the date of the soonest pay period. Some attorneys will offer a free initial consultation.

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