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Q: My GM threatened me as by stating "so if I come through that door in regular civilian clothes is the same as...

Me saying the F* word". I most recently have been wrongfully terminated for following my chain of command and not doing a job without the proper PPE. Lastly if I have been asking for a raise for my year and it's stated we get a yearly raise in our policy but 4 months later a coworker gets... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In Pennsylvania, you may have legal recourse if you believe you have been wrongfully terminated or subjected to employment discrimination. Threats or retaliation from a general manager could constitute a hostile work environment or retaliation, both of which are prohibited under employment laws.... View More

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Q: What kind of Lawyer do you need to help you with Harassment at work in a school?

Daughter has been at the school working for over a year, after they found out she has epilepsy they have done everything to get rid of her. She is good at her job, and the kids love her so they are having a hard time but keep trying. They made her sign something today and she is very upset.

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answered on Jan 5, 2024

So sorry to hear of this. You will want an employment discrimination attorney. If your in PA, feel free to reach out to our firm for more information. If not in PA, then you can check with the local bar association and ask for an employment discrimination attorney, or google "employment law... View More

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Q: My coworker with the same job title and same job duties makes 13,000 more then me. And has been with the company less.

I have been a manager at a large retailer for the past 9 years, my coworker who was hired at a higher position and then stepped down and was able to keep his pay and now makes 13000 more then me, he has only been with the company for 2 years vs. myself who has been with the company for 18 years. We... View More

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answered on Nov 13, 2023

You did not reveal your gender, but among other potential claims, you may have a cause of action under the the Equal Pay Act, which requires that men and women in the same workplace be given equal pay for equal work. The jobs need not be identical, but they must be substantially equal and this is... View More

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Q: Can your job take you off work due to your doctor putting you on light duty while being pregnant?
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answered on Aug 24, 2023

In Pennsylvania, employers are generally required to provide reasonable accommodations for pregnant employees, which may include light duty assignments based on medical recommendations. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) prohibits discrimination against employees based on pregnancy, childbirth,... View More

Q: Police officer hurt in line of duty, car accident. 2 years Heart\Lung. Failed suicide. Approved pension denied by Chief.

Police officer hurt in line of duty, car accident. On Heart & Lung for two years. Removed from Heart & Lung and placed on admin leave and workmen's comp after Failed suicide attempt. My doctor said I could no longer be a police officer due to the accident. Sent for independent... View More

Timothy Belt
Timothy Belt
answered on Jul 6, 2023

This is a complicated fact pattern, and you really should meet with a workers' compensation attorney in your area. From the limitted information available, you certainly appear to have a workers' compensation claim. You should know that taking the pension may reduce the amount you... View More

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Q: Good morning,How do I find out if I have been tainted via social media when no one would tell me?

My friends and family have been keeping their distance from me for a few years. I am being gaslighted (I hate to mention it) because it is a difficult thing to prove. It makes it seem like is all in my head. However, I draw the line when it happens at work. I will not be able to support myself... View More

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush
answered on Feb 13, 2023

First of all, you should never include your name or other identifying information on sites like these, which are open to everyone, including the folks you're concerned about.. Secondly, although the purpose of this site is often misunderstood, it's not a jobs board so it's highly... View More

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Q: Hello,I have a question about medical conditions and my rights as an employee.

Hello,

I am 30 years old and have been employed by my current employer for approximately 2 1/2 years. I am full time and work 40 hours per week.

Recently I was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes (EDS). My doctor wrote a letter for me to amend my duties based on my condition.... View More

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answered on Jan 11, 2023

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It appears you asked for reasonable accommodations for your disability. The employer had an obligation to engage in a good faith interactive process to determine if you could complete your job with or without accommodations. If you want to take action,... View More

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Q: Is this an example of Pay Discrimination?

I've been employed at my current job for almost 2 years. Over the course of time, my department has been ran by 2 people. As of March2024, I was the sole person left in my department. My job also provided me a merit increase, but it wasn't the full increase that they guaranteed me. It... View More

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answered on Jun 10, 2024

You may have claims under federal and state law. The Equal Pay Act, a federal law, prohibits wage discrimination on the basis of sex. An employee must show: (1) the employer pays different wages to employees of a different sex at the same establishment and (2) the employees perform substantially... View More

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Q: My two male coworkers both make $5000 more than me as the only female. We have identical jobs and responsibilities.

I have an additional one year of experience at the company and am training the new hires

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answered on Oct 18, 2023

It's important to address pay disparities. You may consider discussing this issue with your employer or HR department to ensure fair compensation. For personalized legal advice tailored to your unique circumstances, it's advisable to consult with an attorney.

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Q: Can I sue my former employer for age and racial discrimination?

Do I need to file a charge with the EEOC?

Charles A. Pascal Jr.
Charles A. Pascal Jr.
answered on Feb 28, 2023

You have 6 months from the date of the incident to file with the EEOC or PHRC. You must do this in order to preserve your right to sue.

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Q: I was wrongfully terminated in 1 state but reside in another. Can I choose to have court in the state that I reside?

The companies that terminated me have offices in the state where I reside

Joseph Korsak
Joseph Korsak
answered on Jul 27, 2022

You can bring an action where the wrong occurred. Simple application of venue requirements.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: Is it legal for an employer to approve both a raise and bonus only for employees who did not vote to form a union?

Union vote for a segment of employees was counted 4/8. Since then a 4% raise was approved for everyone but the segment of employees who took part in the union vote and a 2.5% bonus was announced today again for everyone but those who will have union representation. Is this legal?

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answered on May 5, 2022

I'd like to hear more about this, but based on your representation, it appears to be unlawful discrimination under the National Labor Relations Act. For example, Section 8(a)(3) of the Act makes it an unfair labor practice for an

employer to discriminate against employees “in regard...
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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: 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... View 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... View More

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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... View 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... View More

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