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Q: Title IX gender discrimination long hair

I was wondering if education sector male employees having long hair is protected under Title IX. This is a private university that receives federal funding and a male staff member has been told by his supervisor to cut his hair to a length "appropriate" for men.

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Q: My husband created an email blast for residents for communication during emergency. He was a councilman and code enforc

Code enforcer at that time. He lost his re election and now he is still a code enforcer. The communications committee chairman in my town who is a councilwoman is asking for the email addresses of the residents but he is hesitant to give it because there is a disclaimer upon sign up that the... Read more »

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Q: Do I have the grounds to argue that indirect discrimination on the basis of age has occurred?

A particular music organization issued a vaccine mandate for all student musicians for their All State music festivals. They wanted to ensure a covid free environment but they don’t require vaccinated people to test negative before attending. Some of those students are still minors and are... Read more »

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Q: Can an employer ask me if I’m an anti-Vaxxer?

My employer didn’t ask my vaccination status but specifically if I was an anti-Vaxxer because I am not yet vaccinated for personal reasons.

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 13, 2022

They can inquire about your beliefs as to vaccination. They can inquire about vaccination status, assuming vaccination is part of the job requirements.

Q: If I have a medical marijuana card, can I be denied employment because of a positive drug test in PA after MMA

I'm currently searching for a job and I don't want to be denied employment after a positive drug test. I have a current medical marijuana card. I haven't used marijuana in about a month, so I won't show up on a urine test. I want to know if I can use marijuana now. Recently... Read more »

Q: Hostile work environment being created by boss and being asked to violate local ordnance laws.my rights please?

Cdl local driver boss finds me on GPS and then curses and screams at me in public and I have a heart condition and I have proof the clock is off by 20 mins and have witness outside of work even that's he is aware but won't fix it .I'd like to know my rights and IT'S NOT JUST ME... Read more »

Q: EEOC Notice to Sue Letter ends November 27th

Workers compensation, work-related injury, fired because I reported sexual harassment while on the job. Received EEOC Notice to Sue letter scheduled to end November 27th. I need representation.

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt answered on Nov 10, 2021

Use the "Find a Lawyer" function at the top of this page to locate attorney's in your area.

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Q: Can my work lay me off due to covid shutdown then refuse to give me my job back but instead demoted me and tell me I

have to reapply for my current position?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 14, 2021

Why they have labor unions.

They would have to continue your unemployment benefits. As to your rights, suggest you contact a member of the Pennsylvania Association for Justice who handles employment issues. They give free consults.

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Q: Can my employer pay vaccinated people if they get covid and refuse to pay unvaccinated people
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Sep 17, 2021

Depends on the overall policy. If it happens you can try calling the human relations commission. In the meantime, why not get the shot---it has been tested on hundreds of millions of people.

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Q: if you are an ex-convict who served a sentence as a sexual offender, can they deny you employment based solely on that?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Aug 19, 2021

Not clear who the "they" is, but generally yes, especially if it's a private employer. They may not discriminate on the basis of age, disability, race, gender, religion but having a criminal record is not a "protected status." However I don't specialize in employment... Read more »

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Q: I live in PA and my employer is always messing up my paycheck. I just found out that I am making $.75 than new hires.

I have emails and pictures to prove that they're always messing stuff up and jumping me out of hours. And now my pay is less than new hires. Isn't there a law against that?!

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 4, 2021

Looks like they may have violated the wage hour law. Look for other employment, and contact an attorney who handles employment issues for workers--look for a member of the Pennsylvania Assn for Justice --they give free consults.

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Q: Collecting unemployment

I worked at a company for 2 years at the same job in the company as a high reach operator. They bought in a new supervisor and she changed me to another department were i had no experience or certification on the equipment. Which they told me I had to do. I am scared of heights and... Read more »

Andrew S. Abramson
Andrew S. Abramson answered on Dec 2, 2020

In order to qualify for unemployment compensation in Pennsylvania when an employee quits work (i.e. resigns) the legal standard is that there must be a "necessitous and compelling reason" for resigning. Prior to quitting, an employee should discuss the issue(s) of concern with the... Read more »

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Q: I had a low blood pressure episode at work which resulted in an accident. No one was hurt. Slight damage to a truck. Wen

Went to ER Dr. Said it was a meditation issue and fixed it. Later the next day my foreman calked and fired me. Is this legal

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Nov 11, 2020

More facts are needed here. Do you have an underlying medical condition that caused the accident? If so, it may qualify as a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA"). Employers are prohibited from discriminating against employees on the basis of a disability. I would... Read more »

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Q: Is Terroristic threat considered a crime

A violent crime

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Oct 23, 2020

It could be, depending on the circumstances.

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Q: was a store mgr. told they hired a guy to replace me. losing 15000.00 a yr. I have worked as many as 70+ hrs a wk

my question is...Do I have to take this job? If I don't does that mean I will not be able to collect unemployment? I live in pennsylvania

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 5, 2020

If you are covered by a union such as UFCW or SEIU, check with them. Assuming you are not , you need to get the personnel policy. Then you need to consult an attorney who handles employment cases FOR EMPLOYEES-- most attorneys handle them for employers. In the meantime do you have a copy of your... Read more »

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Q: If I feel unsafe working in these conditions although I’m an essential worker, am I eligible for unemployment?
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Apr 17, 2020

You would have an argument to make that you have a "necessitous and compelling reason." Much would depend on what "these conditions" are--are you near customers? Do you have a good facemask ? Do you have gloves? Do customers have hand sanitizer or gloves they are given? If you... Read more »

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Q: Is a restaurant employer allowed to terminate me after written warnings where I was sick with a contagious illness?

I have worked in a restaurant for the past 4 years. Recently the state of management has gone downhill. As someone who also works in the medical field, I understand I, as an employee, am not allowed to go into work around food with contagious conditions. I provided them two seperate doctors note... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Feb 12, 2020

You should file for unemployement as you were not terminated for cause where you had necessitous and compelling reasons.

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Q: Can I be presumed guilty of an anonymous allegation of drinking on the job with no investigation?

I was anonymously accused of drinking at my teaching job. I was forced to leave my room, with all of my belongings. No administrator attempted to speak with me to ascertain if the allegation had any validity. I was then requested (required) to go to an ER to have an alcohol level blood test... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Dec 18, 2019

Sounds like it would violate most union agreements. Contact your union. If you don't have one, contact an attorney who handles employment issues in your area.

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Q: I would like some help with my unemployment appeal. My old employer is really making things up. This would be my 2md tim
Andrew S. Abramson
Andrew S. Abramson answered on Nov 22, 2019

You should retain an experienced employment law attorney to represent to at the hearing. If you are located in Pennsylvania we can assist.

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Q: I think I was discriminated against by my employer for a union vote.
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Oct 22, 2019

Be tough to show but contact the union for starters, the look for a member of the Pa. Assn for Justice who handles employment claims.

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