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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for Oregon on
Q: I Do I have to claim a criminal charge from 1997 today on a job application. The charge was a measure 11 charge.

No other convictions at all since 1997

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Jul 1, 2022

In Oregon, it is possibly unlawful for a potential employer to inquire about your criminal history at the application stage. However, there is nothing that states how far back in your criminal history an employer can consider, once they are allowed to consider your employment history.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Can an employer in oregon force you to buy out your contract when you make 50k a year, when breaking contract?

My fiance is breaking her employment contract to start a new job in a different career. Her current employer and other employers are telling her mixed things. Some people say she does not have to pay out her contract because she makes under 100k a year. They are expecting her to pay out 40% of her... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Jul 1, 2022

Employment contracts are just that, contracts. Hire a local employment law attorney in your area to review your contract, as a legal opinion cannot be given without it.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Oregon on
Q: Is there someone who can help me with a notarized document
TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Jun 17, 2022

Look for a public notary in your area.

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure, Civil Litigation and Construction Law for Oregon on
Q: I want to sever a civil lawsuit naming me and my son as co-defendants and help with civil procedure.

A building contractor that I individually contracted with put a mechanics' lien on the house where he performed work in Portland and is foreclosing. My son and DiL are the title owners of record, live in CA, and had no knowledge. I have no legal interest and acted as an implied agent, so... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on May 13, 2022

Everyone named in this action should hire their own attorneys to assist on this matter since everyone has their own interests in it. In order to have someone removed as a party, the proper motions need to be filed and granted - it's not as simple as just removing them.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: My company deducts the cost of used PTO from an employee’s last paycheck upon termination of employment. Is this legal?

Though PTO hours are given up front at the start of the year, according to my company’s policy, those hours still have to be accrued in order to be legitimate. When an employee terminates, if they have used more PTO hours from their bank than they have technically accrued by that point in the... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on May 13, 2022

Most likely not - reach out to a wage and hour attorney with your employer's policies to evaluate your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: employer payed me under the table for three years even though i asked to be on payroll.

i want to know what my rights are, and if irs can come after me for not paying income tax?

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on May 13, 2022

Yes - the IRS can "come after" you for not paying payroll tax. When you are paid under the table, it is your duty to make sure you are still reporting those earnings as income. The IRS and other agencies that receive your payroll taxes can also go after your employer for not deducting... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: Employee resigned citing poor response from management after car accident. Is management legally liable for anything?

Employee contacted management to let them know they had been in a car accident (not work related) and were okay. They said they would keep in touch and update us after they got some rest. A few hours later they contacted management and said they may have a concussion due to the airbags not going... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Feb 27, 2022

Under the Oregon Sick Time Leave law, employers cannot require it ask employees to find cover for shifts they will miss that they are taking sick leave for. Management may be liable for asking Employee to do that. Furthermore, their termination in such close proximity to their need to take sick... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: I was wrongfully terminated from a job for declining their request to wear a mask and face shield. Do I have lawsuit?

I informed my employer that I didn't agree to the contractual agreement as known as a mandate.

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Feb 27, 2022

No. Employers can require you to wear a mask and face shield with a few minor exceptions that do not appear to apply here based on your response to them.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: What does a person do when they have a (rather substantial) claim, yet is unable to even get in contact with a lawyer?
TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Dec 23, 2021

There is no doubt that there is an shortage of attorneys and there will only continue to be some. Furthermore, due to COVID-19, trials are not moving fast enough, which leads to an increase in attorney workload. The best thing to do is to continue to search for an attorney to assist. Over the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: I was fired for missing work due to having cancer and getting surgery. Do I have any options?

In July of this year I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The medical team was able to get me scheduled for surgery in Aug. August 9 I had surgery. On September 2nd my medical was canceled then on the 7th or 8th my boss called me and said this isn't working for him. At that time I felt I... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Dec 1, 2021

It is not clear what you mean by "at that time I felt I was fired", but you most likely have a claim for FMLA/OFLA retaliation and potentially OSTL retaliation. I highly recommend contacting an employment law attorney in your area to discuss your case.

1 Answer | Asked in Banking for Oregon on
Q: I am being sued by Bank Of America over a an account from 2004 because of law that was signed by President Trump ?

I was notified by ??? to contact lawyer office as they were intending to sue me to see if arrangements could b agreed on

I did, spoke with a mediator he offered to drop the fees (7500+) n return to original balance ($2614) if I paid $100 yesterday n contract for balance at $150 a month. I... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Oct 13, 2021

I would reach out to an attorney on your behalf to determine whether this is a scam, as it sounds like such.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: Is there a type of attorney that can file discrimination/harassment for employment and landlord/tenant?

We live and work at the same place, I would like to have one attorney handle both cases

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Oct 13, 2021

There are attorneys out there who do both, however, you are more likely to find a law firm with attorneys who do both and can work collectively on your case.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Oregon on
Q: My employer is not paying out my PTO because they are saying since I called in sick during my 30 day notice.

My employer is not paying my PTO because they say that I was “not fulfilling my work duties” since I called out sick one day during my 30 day notice. Are they able to do this?

They are not paying for the sick day, which is noted in the handbook since I called out during my 30 day... Read more »

TeAnna Rice
TeAnna Rice
answered on Oct 11, 2021

Are they not paying your PTO for the day that you were sick, or are they not paying out the balance of your PTO upon your termination? If they are not allowing you to use your PTO for the day you were sick, you could have a wage claim for those missing wages, assuming you qualify under Oregon Sick... Read more »

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