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Q: A friend was recently laid off, She was told her job was eliminated. It has instead been given to another employee.

My friend had great reviews and had won awards for her work. It is now being staffed by the bosses old admin. Seems the admin job was the one that was eliminated.

Jared Hawkins answered on Dec 27, 2013

Washington is an at-will employment state, which means that those employees whose jobs aren't protected by an employment contract, collective bargaining agreement, or some other similar protection (i.e., most of us) can be terminated without cause (i.e., without grounds) as long as the termination... Read more »

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Q: On lt duty at work on an L&I claim. was told that I could leave, next day I was fired for walking off the what?

Jared Hawkins answered on Dec 27, 2013

Well, if you believe you were retaliated against by your employer because you had an open L&I claim you can file a retaliation claim with L&I within 90 days of your termination. You could also consult with a private attorney to see if there are also grounds for a lawsuit for wrongful termination... Read more »

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Q: Can an employer be sued if they didnt follow the collective barging agreement. and you are terminated

Jared Hawkins answered on Dec 27, 2013

Sometimes. The CBA will often describe what the remedies are the process that should be followed if the CBA is violated. For example, a lot of CBA's require arbitration. I suggest you get a copy of the CBA and see if the Union will represent you or go see a private employment law attorney. Good... Read more »

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Jared Hawkins answered on Nov 5, 2012

You'll have to clarify your question as there are likely a number of commissions that fit this criteria. Recently a new commission was formed that meets this criteria, the Non-Lawyer Practice Commission, which will have responsibilities related to non-lawyers who desire to carry out certain law... Read more »

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Q: Can a neighbor remove my fence from my corner post, wrap and attach barbed wire to my post for his own fencing?

Then leave my fencing unattached? What can I do about this??

Jared Hawkins answered on Oct 31, 2012

A lot depends on the actual facts or your case. Did he replaced your wire with wire of his own (but that still fences off your property the way it was before)? Is he disputing the boundary? I would suggest calmly trying to find out why he did that so you can explore your options (i.e., is he... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Military Law for Washington on

Q: Field grade article 15 for positive UA of THC, doesn't smoke but have been around in-laws that are heavy smokers

What advice do you have for me. I'm stationed in a state that is legal for marijuana to purchased and utilized as long as you have a medical card for it. I don't know how else you can prove that I'm innocent of this type of conduct without bringing my husband's relatives in it. I have never had a... Read more »

Jared Hawkins answered on Oct 30, 2012

You should consult with your local military defense counsel. Under military law there is a presumption that if the substance is found in your sample you knowingly took it into your body. So your best chances of fighting this are by providing an explanation (i.e., someone gave it to you but you... Read more »

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Q: I am in a lawsuit over unpaid overtime, we have the conditional certification and the opt in time is over what next?

Jared Hawkins answered on Oct 30, 2012

Are you representing yourself? Perhaps you've already found the answer you were looking for but keep in mind that Washington law does allow you to recoup the costs of reasonable attorneys fees if you prevail in your suit (and prove that your employer wrongfully failed to pay you overtime). A... Read more »

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Q: Our co-signer took our truck from work. We are not in default on payment

What are our rights?

Jared Hawkins answered on Oct 30, 2012

You asked this question some time ago so perhaps you've already found the answer. The answer to your question depends somewhat on whether the co-signer also had a property interest in the vehicle (i.e., was his name also on the title?). If he is a co-owner then he may have equal rights to... Read more »

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