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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Rights as Limited Term Employee for wrongful termination

I have type 2diabetes.. my blood sugar spiked and caused me to “lose consciousness” for a bit. I tested my glucose level and it was 245 which is high, as my level is 134 or lower. Was terminated for “sleeping on the job “. I wasn’t offered medical attention, even though I worked in the... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jul 28, 2021

This largely depends on whether your employer knew about your medical condition, that you weren't actually sleeping on the job, or that you needed medical attention. More information about your situation is necessary to determine whether you have a claim under the Americans with Disabilities... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Am I getting fired?

I live in Wisconsin. In May, I was verbally warned not to work outside of the hours that I was clocked in. In June, I was verbally warned and also sent an email warning to not work outside of the hours that I was clocked in when I got caught a second time doing it. On 12/22, my boss called me... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 6, 2021

If an employer is aware that you are performing work that is unpaid, the employer would be liable for wage and hour law violations. The employer's remedy is to impose discipline, not to withhold payment. Thus, HR is likely trying to determine the amount of unpaid hours that you have worked... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Is it illegal for your boss to keep $100 from your paycheck if there’s a mess up at the register?

Located in Wisconsin. Hourly wage.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Dec 15, 2020

Federal law requires that you be paid at least minimum wage for all hours worked. So, if your employer's withholding $100 from your check results in your hourly rate falling below minimum wage, this is not permissible.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Are there ways to avoid paying a sign-on bonus back?

I received a sign-on bonus that is contingent on me working a full year. The job is being a technical analyst. This is a consulting gig for software. Instead, the company has me working as a call center rep for unemployment. I feel as if I was lied to about what I would be working on and accepted... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Dec 2, 2020

Probably not, but you should have your employment agreement / bonus agreement reviewed by an attorney in your area who practices employment law to be sure. There may be other terms in your agreement that are relevant to this determination.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Pay due to covid 19

My boss hasn't given me a check stub since my first week of employment 09/25/2020 upon several requests. I recently contracted covid through the job, everyone in my home is negative. She's refusing to pay me for the two weeks I'm off because, she says her company doesn't support... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Nov 11, 2020

More information is needed here. How many employees work for the business? The Families First Coronavirus Response Act covers employers with less than 500 employees. There is an exception for employers with less than 50 employees, but the employer would need to show paying you for two weeks would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a restaurant take 20% of my tips to give to the kitchen staff or to other tipped servers that work “bad” shifts?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Aug 26, 2020

The Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") is the federal law governing tip pooling agreements. While tip pooling is generally permissible, your employer can only require you to pool your tips with other employees who customarily receive tips (for example, other servers or bartenders). Your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: If I give a two-week notice to my employer, can they turn around and fire me and not pay me out for my vacation days?

I live in Wisconsin, and I am not part of a union.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Aug 19, 2020

Once you put in your two weeks' notice, your employer is not required to wait until the two weeks are up to terminate your employment. Whether you are entitled to your vacation days likely depends on the policy set forth in your employee handbook. If your handbook states that unused PTO will... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Wisconsin on
Q: I'm high risk for COVID. Boss says return to office instead of working remotely. Do I get unemployment if I get let go?

I have a Doctor's note stating I should work from home. The office has not been professionally cleaned, there "are sanitizing wipes if needed.." There is only one bathroom for the entire floor of the office building I am in. Over half of the staff already works from home. I have... Read more »

Cynthia Pietrucha
Cynthia Pietrucha answered on May 26, 2020

Under federal law, you likely have the right to ask for a reasonable accommodation for your disability. Have you shared the doctor's note with management or human resources? If not, immediately write a request for a reasonable accommodation to work from home. Your doctor's note needs... Read more »

Q: denie workman comp for my arm. now fired because of it.

I was a stay at home father for three years. So once my 4yr old son started school. I decided to for back to work in my field of management. I started a job at gordmans retail store with is owned by a big company called Stage Store. Well I hurt me left arm back in October and have been seen by many... Read more »

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Mar 16, 2020

This is a complex and fact-intensive scenario that you would need to discuss with an attorney to receive any kind of meaningful direction. Your post remains open for four weeks, but one option you could consider is to contact a Wisconsin workers' comp attorney to discuss the denial of the WC... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Hello, My wife was wrongfully terminated and we are looking to see if we have a case with her previous employer.

My wife works in the Accounting department and was two months into her position before her termination. During this time she was trained by her Supervisor while logged into the system under my wife's credentials. The company received a check for deposit and was processed and approved by my... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 23, 2020

Unfortunately, there is no liability here. While your wife's termination is unfair, you live in an at-will employment state, meaning both the employee and the employer may terminate the employment relationship at any time for any reason or no reason at all (as long as the reason isn't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I was wrongful terminated on 6/27/19I've work in the same place 8yrs is it to late to look into doing something about it

Never had any issues or disciplinary actions. One week before I was told how amazing I am for creating job for the handicap then next week I get fired for creating a hostel work environment I'm still completely crushed

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 14, 2020

The statute of limitations to bring an action depends on the legal claim. You should first consult a Wisconsin employment attorney about your situation to determine whether you have a legal claim. If you do, your attorney can help you determine how much time you have left to bring a claim.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I work in a dental lab,never signed a no compete,was fired for trying to do work on the side. Any legal recourse?

I approached my employer about picking up my own accounts and doing my own crowns. All I needed from him was to mill them. Everything else would have been done out of my house and would not have burdened him in any way. I offered him reimbursement for the milling. He said he did not like the idea... Read more »

Greg Mansell
Greg Mansell answered on Nov 6, 2019

No legal recourse for you against your employer. If your employer does this work and you are competing while an employee, there may be legal recourse that your employer can take but that would depend on Wisconsin laws.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I live with stepson. He pays me to care for him. He still takes out medicare tax and FICA Tax. As a parent should he?

His mother my wife doesn't have any medicare or FICA taken out. Which Internal Revenue Code contains a “family employment exception”, which applies to service in a private home “in the employ of an individual’s son, daughter, or spouse”. In those cases, according to the IRS, no... Read more »

Eric Steven Day
Eric Steven Day answered on May 21, 2018

If he is paying you a wage as an employee, or providing you with a W-2, then he should withhold employment taxes from your wage. You, the employee, with pay half (about 7.7%) and he, the employer, will pay the other half. If he is paying you as an independent contractor, then he is not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Business Law, Collections and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I have a note against the company I work for. I loaned the company money. How can I collect the money?
Sarah Lynn Ruffi
Sarah Lynn Ruffi answered on Apr 23, 2018

It depends on the actual language of the note.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I have been suspended from my job pending an investigation but my employer will not tell me what it’s about?

They want to meet with me but they won’t tell me who I’m meeting with. I have never been suspended from a job and I’m terrified to go there without representation.

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Apr 6, 2018

It does not sound like you need a lawyer at this point in time. Many employers would refuse to allow attorney representatives in an interview about an internal matter. If you are an at will employee, that could result in termination. The best advice I can provide is to request your employment file... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Offered a job pending a background check? Worried about a bankruptcy on my credit report?

I received a job offer contingent on a comprehensive background check. I am not worried about the criminal background check. I did file bankruptcy and the debt was discharged a year ago. Two judgements were also discbarged, but show up on county records. Do I need to alert employer. JOB WAS... Read more »

Cristina M. Lipan
Cristina M. Lipan answered on Dec 4, 2017

Pursuant to bankruptcy code section 525, a government employer cannot discriminate solely based on a prior bankruptcy filing. It will probably show up on the background check. This isn't something that needs to be disclosed.

Information provided for informational purposes only, and...
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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Rights and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: what would be the class code for a civil motion against a former employer violating COBRA guidelines and causing $ damgs

I paid COBRA premiums for a certain period. There was a change in HR personnel. They cancelled my COBRA coverages for the prior periods. They had the insurance company charge back the clinic what they previously paid. I have documents proving what I paid and for what period. The local circuit... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Sep 28, 2017

You should use the unclassified code: 30703.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can a civil suit for intentional tort with an employer turn criminal based on the dollar amount (fraud)?

civil suit is between employer and employee...employee stole money and the employer was granted full judgement of over $94K

Stephen Pleck Johnson
Stephen Pleck Johnson answered on Aug 17, 2017

I can only answer for Wisconsin. Theft is a crime and the amount affects whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony. The answer is yes as the state District Attorney is not a party to the civil suit and can file a Criminal Complaint. The Civil Judgment does not by itself block a criminal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: I recently signed an employment contract with the anticipation of full time work. The contract has an effective date

of the signing of the contract so I assume it is in full effect even though I have not started yet. As of now they can offer 2-3 days of work a week with the hope/anticipation of 4-5 days within 3 months possibly, it is a healthcare position by the way. I have a competing offer that doesn't... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on Jul 31, 2017

More information is needed to provide meaningful advice. It is often the case that breaching a contract is in one's best interest. If that is true for you, then you should breach the contract. Whether you would win in lawsuit over the breach should be of secondary consideration. I say that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Wisconsin on
Q: Can I hire Employment Attorney from any location?

The employer sends the employee to various locations around the US to work with clients on a contractual basis. So the city the employee is located at is different from the Employer's city. If the employee wants to file a suit against the employer for wage & hour violations and... Read more »

William F Sulton Esq.
William F Sulton Esq. answered on May 19, 2017

The suit should be filed in the employee's city: unless the employee believes that the city or state law where employer is, is more favorable than federal law. The employee may hire any attorney that is licensed to practice in jurisdiction where the action is filed. In some states, the law... Read more »

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