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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Legal Malpractice for New York on
Q: Can a lawyer represent employer in two separate cases from same individual while one is under investigation is it legal

It's a open case for division of human rights/eeoc charge and a seperate unemployment hearing where same lawyer during ui hearing asked about reasonable accommodation and other questions pertaining to opposite case

Jacob David Verchereau
Jacob David Verchereau answered on Jul 15, 2020

The question you are asking is whether it is a conflict of interest for the Employer's attorney to represent the Employer in two separate proceedings, both of which involve the same Employee. This is relatively common in my experience. Without more, it would seem to me that this would not be a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Is it illegal for my manager to call me "guedo" at work because i'm the only one who doesn't speak spanish?

it's my 1st week on the job. I believe the term means whitey or white boy and is slang. I don't know what I should do the next time she does it. I find it inappropriate. Is that a law suit? Do I walk out when she does it because I feel uncomfortable? Should I go to a laywer first or HR?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 14, 2020

I know the term "guido" is defined in an English dictionary as "a man, especially an Italian American, regarded as vain, aggressively masculine, and socially unsophisticated." I do not know what it may mean in other languages.

Calling you by a race or national origin...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Employer accepted WORK COMP Claim but stated cannot pay, is that legal in WC?

I received a memo 3/24/20, from WC Office / self insured, that states Injured worker became P&S as of 2/4/20, IME Report. The claim for industrial injury has been accepted, but WC office states it cannot pay for time lost from 3/18/20 and continue while the Division explores alternative work... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Jul 14, 2020

You need to talk to a Worker's Compensation attorney, and ask her/him to handle your case for you. Your employer is not your friend when it comes to a worker's compensation claim, because it then goes into the hands of the worker's compensation insurance company for the employer. And... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Can I sue my employer for firing me based on my panic disorder? I was fired in 2002 and am on permanent disability

In 2002 I went to the hospital thinking I was having a heart attack. I was informed that I was having a panic attack due to a panic disorder. My employer fired me claiming I was too much of a liability. I have been on permanent disability since then. Can I sue them for firing me for my disability?

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 14, 2020

This is an excellent question. The question is whether your employer is covered by the laws, does he employ more than 5 people? Your panic disorder probably qualifies you for anti discrimination protection and entitles you to addition benefits as a Qualified Physically Disabled Person. Certainly... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can my employer deny days off when submitted 5 months in advance

I submitted for 2 days off the night before my boss came back from his 2 days off so he would have it in the am. I did it 5 months in advance and took a pic of it incase he looses it cuz it's happened before. 5 months later he calls me at 530 on his day off to ask you if wasn't at work.... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 13, 2020

Unfortunately, there is nothing unlawful about your employer denying you days off unless you can prove it is motivated by your membership in a protected class of people (i.e., race, religion, etc.) or because you engaged in some form of legally protected conduct. Taking a picture of your request... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I have spent 4 years trying to get HR to help me. They didn't trust or believe me. It took 9 people quit
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 11, 2020

A Florida attorney could advise best, but your post remains open for a week. If this involved an injury (you included Personal Injury in your categories), it isn't clear from the brief description what type of injury it was. If there was an injury that arose in the course of employment, a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can my manager comment on my mental health issues?

I work at a retail store as a pharmacy technician. I have ADHD, anxiety, and depression. I take medication for all of these conditions, and for the most part, I feel they’re under control and that I do my job reasonably well. I’ve always been pretty upfront about my struggles, so they're... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Jul 11, 2020

I'm sorry for your ordeal and that your post remains open for five weeks. At this point, you could consider reaching out to Tennessee employment attorneys to discuss your matter in confidence. The format here is brief general questions, and your description seems more complex than something... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Illinois on
Q: Can an employer resend a job offer after I let them know about a birth defect that may slightly slow me down?

Delivery company was having me fill out paper work for employment. Back ground checks and waivers and such, I let him know that I have a medical condition with my legs and I may not be as fast as his other employees. He said he'd have to talk to his boss. He comes back and said he'd have... Read more »

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on Jul 10, 2020

The law requires an employer to provide reasonable accommodation to an employee or job applicant with a disability unless doing so would cause significant difficulty or expense for the employer ("undue hardship"). You should connect with an experienced employment discrimination attorney... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Ohio on
Q: In Ohio, can tan employer request a background check before making an offer?

The Company is in Cleveland Ohio, and requesting a complete background check. No offer made.

Hunter G. Cavell
Hunter G. Cavell answered on Jul 9, 2020

There are very specific privacy laws surrounding this. Talk with an employment attorney. Also, background checks are not free, so it is a good sign that they are requesting it, but I have only heard of background checks requested after a conditional offer is made and accepted. Talk to an employment... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Kentucky on
Q: My husband was fired during a Dr’s order to quarantine due to his contact with someone who died of covid 19.

What can we do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Jul 9, 2020

Probably not much bc Kentucky is an at will employment state, meaning they can fire you for any reason or no reason at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Sexual Harassment for Alabama on
Q: I am a private caregiver that was hired by a elderly couple sons. At the beginning of my employment a year ago one of

Their sons was asking my coworkers if they thought that I was a crackhead and at the end of my employment. That same son made some sexual advances towards me. This caught me off guard, had me extremely nervous, uncomfortable and scared. Because of my fear of him and loosing my job, when he asked me... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jul 8, 2020

Hi, there is a claim called "quid pro quo" sexual harassment. This occurs when a job benefit is directly tied to an employee submitting to unwelcome sexual advances. Based on what you stated above, it sounds like your continued employment was tied to you going on a date with the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for New York on
Q: I was terminated on the day that I was supposed to start due to me refusing to go to work with COVID like symptoms.

I told them I would get tested tomorrow and they called me today and told me not to bother coming back. I believe this is extremely negligent because If I went to work and turned out to have COVID I could infect numerous amounts of people. So how can I get punished for protecting me and others. I... Read more »

V. Jonas Urba
V. Jonas Urba answered on Jul 8, 2020

Did you recently travel outside New York? Was it to a state which is out of control with COVID? You might have a claim if you did not potentially increase risks of contracting it.

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Libel & Slander for Michigan on
Q: i am FTM transgender. Is there something i can do about my general manager discriminating against me to co workers?

i am 25, and FTM transgender. I lost my job beginning of March due to the sudden outbreaks of the virus, i was talking with a former co worker about possibly getting my job back, he said he would ask the manager, i was then informed my General Manager is being discriminating & slanderous... Read more »

Jeff Herron
Jeff Herron answered on Jul 8, 2020

In late June, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed a decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (which covers Michigan), holding generally that discrimination (and by extension harassment) against transgender individuals because of their status or gender nonconformity is... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can an employer fire an employee of that employee calls the police because they suspect a crime is happening?

My sister works for a major retailer. She called the police because she saw what she thought was something suspicious outside the store. The employer is now saying she could lose her job because of the person she called the cops on can go to the news or sue about being falsely called. This... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 6, 2020

Unfortunately, almost all employment in CA is on an "at will" basis, meaning that an employer does not have to have "just cause" to terminate an employee, SO LONG AS the true reason for the termination is not one that it prohibited by law, such as reporting wage problems or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Virginia on
Q: My workplace is trying to use a plea of innocence as evidence for wrong doing. Should I seek representation?

My workplace is trying to punish me for "performance issues" and in their reasoning for punishment, they cite multiple instances where I plead innocence in personal conversation with my boss as evidence that I am guilty of "hiding work" or purposely misdoing work. That's... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

The 5th amendment right against self incrimination, found in the Bill of Rights in the US Constitution and many state constitutions, works to shield you from testifying against yourself as against THE GOVERNMENT. So unless your employer is a Federal or State agency of the government, your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Ohio on
Q: What would be considered as derogatory on a criminal background?

Like... If a job says they're letting you go because your bci check came back and you have some derogatory things on your background.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Jul 5, 2020

Arrests, criminal charges, and convictions are what might be on their.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: I believe I got wrongfully terminated for being pregnant, I need to speak to a lawyer. In NJ can I legally record a cal

My job sent me Cobra Insurance with a notice of me being terminated, no one has called me, however I believe I'm being wrongfully terminated for being pregnant, as they are noe hiring for my exact position on Facebook. I want to find out if I can pursue legal action against them. I want to... Read more »

Andrew S. Abramson
Andrew S. Abramson answered on Jul 3, 2020

The facts that your present could support a pregnancy discrimination case. Prior to moving forward with any further communication with your former employer you should definitely consult with a lawyer. We would be happy to discuss your entire situation with you. Please contact our office.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Missouri on
Q: What do i look at to see what this pertains to my paperwork

not sure what they mean ?

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Jul 3, 2020

Your post is too vague to answer. Please try again and give some context.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Can I sue my employer if they wont let me return to work due to covid.

I have a doctors note saying I can return to work after having covid for 2 weeks. My employer is making it very difficult to come back to work. Can I sue my employer if they refuse to let me back at work?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen answered on Jul 3, 2020

The answer to your question depends on many things, most importantly, the reason why you are not being allowed to return. If business conditions have changed and your job has been eliminated or some other legitimate business reason can be proved for not bringing you back other than the fact you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for New York on
Q: Our supervisor told us when and when we cannot use the bathroom. Is this illegal?
Gary Lane
Gary Lane answered on Jul 2, 2020

Yes, that is quite illegal and should be reported.

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