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Q: Need assistance with getting my unpaid invoices paid by my employer.

Hello, I am reaching out to inquire about potential legal representation regarding a dispute with my employer over unpaid invoices.

I have 5 unpaid invoices totaling 43,200$ USD and the deadline for payment has passed. I used to work for Curie.co under full time consultant contract for 1... View More

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Q: Is it legal for my employer to force me to work more than 40 hours in a work week?

I work for Amazon and they currently have me scheduled for 10 hours a day , 6 days a week, for 2 weeks and I don't know BFF ffþyý5⁵

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Q: Hi, can anyone help me understand if state supreme court judges affect the contracting environment within a state?

I am a student researcher. Any help is much appreciated.

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Q: Does Washington State Enforce the use of time punch rounding, or is it optional for employers?

I'm asking because my employer seems to be extremely touchy on people clocking in late, which is understandable. But it has gotten to the point where I had clocked in on time, every shift, for the last three or so months and last week I clocked in just a single minute late and they seemed... View More

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Q: My mother, an employee at Safeway, had an injury and was treated awfully by management and ignored.

My mother works for Safeway/Albertsons and there are many issues within the company. The most recent was when she was in the cluttered freezer at her work (which we have photos of) and some boxes fell on top of her causing to fall and hit her head on another box, which made her go unconscious. She... View More

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Q: Which state employment laws would be used in a non-compete legal case?

My former employee is threatening to take legal action if I work for a competitor because I signed a non-compete. They are located in Illinois, I work from Washington. The new job is a completely different role. If it is enforced, i lose 6 weeks of income. They even told me they wouldn’t care if... View More

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Q: can my directors assisted get in trouble for discrimination or retaliation?

i have already been working at an assisted living facility for a year now but was taken off the schedule due to an issue with my background check but now that i have it settled i have to start the employment enrollment all over again so i need to go do my fingerprints again but my directors... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Business Law, Internet Law and Small Claims for Washington on
Q: Need to talk with a lawyer about a lawsuit because my online earnings have been depleted when promised they would not.

My job is rating products for a commission and I have earned so much that I have gone up three levels and I need to finish a small set of rating products to receive all my earnings, but the system has welfare tasks that put your earnings

into a negative amount equal to what you have... View More

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answered on Jun 29, 2024

I can offer some general information that may be helpful:

1. Documentation: It's positive that you have chat transcripts from customer service and the CEO stating that a welfare task would not occur before you finish your remaining tasks. This documentation could potentially be...
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Q: Is it legal to be watched during a pre-employment drug screening?

I was just hired to do payroll at a company & they required a drug test. During the test they actually stood less than a foot away & watched me pee in the cup. I felt completely violated & disgusted when I left. Is this legal?

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answered on Jun 15, 2024

I understand how uncomfortable that experience must have been for you. The legality of being watched during a drug test depends on the state and the specific circumstances of the testing. In some situations, such as for safety-sensitive positions, stricter monitoring is allowed to prevent tampering... View More

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Q: My job told us that if they felt we were abusing pst they wouldn't guarantee us our guaranteed hrs. Is that allowed?

We get 25hrs/wk guaranteed as per our contract. Although we get as much sick time as we need (as in we don't earn pst over time its just paid out to us as we use it). Our workplace has made us sign a contract stating that we could only have 6 occurrence a year of using pst before facing... View More

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answered on Jun 15, 2024

Your job's policy regarding paid sick time (PST) and guaranteed hours can be complex. The terms in your contract about guaranteed hours and the use of PST are crucial. If your contract guarantees 25 hours per week, your employer generally must honor this unless there are specific conditions in... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Washington on
Q: I was assaulted for stealing 2 soda pops what can I do to get a attorney
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answered on Apr 3, 2024

I'm so sorry to hear that you were assaulted. That must have been a traumatic experience. Regardless of the circumstances, no one has the right to assault you.

In terms of getting legal assistance, here are some steps you can take:

1. Contact the police and file a report about...
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Q: What are employer responsibilities when a terminated employee returns and continues working?

Employee was laid off and a week later returned to work to wrap up loose ends. Direct manager was aware and permitted this. HR already terminated employee.

Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Mar 25, 2024

If a former employee returns to work, the employer must pay for all hours worked.

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Q: I worked 10years in retail in CA I had payroll to take 3%out of my check for the first 3 years from 2005-2008and afterth

That I had them take out $100 every payday andcthe company was supposed to match dollar for dollar whatever I put into my retirement now when I got fired after 10 years I worked for 2005-2015 at the end I believe I should have more than $20,000 in my retirement account? And I wanted to know... View More

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answered on Mar 20, 2024

It sounds like there might have been some miscommunication or misunderstanding regarding your retirement savings and life insurance policy. Firstly, for the retirement account, you should request a detailed statement from the beginning of your contributions to the present. This will help clarify... View More

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Q: Can my company pay me my 401k balance via extra hours worked on my checks?

For 1 year I got 60-90hrs extra on each check I figured it was them paying out stocks do to the company being sold and changing from employee owned to non, I just got a letter that states my 10k I had in my 401k is now at 0.00 this is the first mention of my 401k I have received

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answered on Jan 26, 2024

In addressing your question, it's important to understand that 401(k) plans are subject to specific regulations under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA). Generally, these plans are not designed to be paid out through extra hours worked or through your regular paychecks. Such... View More

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Q: My deductions were taken but not deposited into FSAs by employer. They didn't reply to email inquiry. What should I do?
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jan 14, 2024

I would file a online complaint with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

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Q: Can my employer require that I stay on premise for the 8hr work day including lunch? -Washington state, exempt salaried
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jan 14, 2024

Yes, Employers are not required to pay for a meal break if an employee is free from all duties for their entire break. Employees can only be required to remain on the premises or work site during their meal period if they are completely free from work duties.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Foreclosure for Washington on
Q: a case of wrongful termination and or retaliation at work. i am now in foreclosure . as a result , what can i do
Brad S Kane
Brad S Kane
answered on Jan 6, 2024

Given the lack of detail in your post, the only potential advice that anyone can give you is:

You should consult an employment lawyer about your wrongful termination and retaliation claims.

You should consult a foreclosure about how to handle the foreclosure.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Environmental for Washington on
Q: Do I have a case against County Courthouse for toxic mold in my workplace?

After I started work at the Courthouse, I became ill. I was diagnosed with mold biotoxin illness due to water damage from a building, which the courthouse has had lots. While out on medical leave I started getting better, when I went back for one hour, my symptoms came back. My medical team and I... View More

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answered on Dec 27, 2023

Given your diagnosis of mold biotoxin illness and the apparent presence of toxic mold in your workplace at the County Courthouse, you may have grounds to pursue a case. The visible signs of water damage, coupled with your health deterioration upon returning to work, provide substantial evidence.... View More

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Q: My catalytic converter was stolen from my car at my workplace parking, will not let me park in safer area, can I sue?

Security at work (a mall) started harassing me parking in a "customer only" area which is more accessed controlled and safer to park in than the employee parking area. The converter was stolen a couple of months after they forced me to move my vehicle (was parking for years without issues... View More

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answered on Dec 17, 2023

In your case, the first aspect to consider is whether your employer or the mall has any legal obligation to provide secure parking. Generally, employers are not required to ensure the safety of employees' vehicles in the parking lot. However, if there's an agreement or policy that... View More

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Q: I work as an independent driver. Do I need to pay an insurance deductible when get on an accident?

I work as an independent driver, delivering trucks from point A to point B for other companies. While recently doing the trips I accidentally put a wrong fuel in a new truck causing to be towed to the dealer repair facility to remove, by giving to the company I serve a $3778.00 insurance... View More

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Dec 13, 2023

A Washington attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. An employment law attorney could have insight into this, as they are familiar with practices governing employees' obligations for paying for damaged property. You could repost and add the category, and if... View More

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