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1 Answer | Asked in Child Support, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Family Law for Florida on
Q: mom getting child support back pay but want help me buy my prescription?Is t It any way I can get some of the money

I just found out that im lactose anemic and have type 2 diabetes im out of medication i don't have medicade nor insurance my mom has 4 kids from my dad that she is getting child support back pay but im the youngest im 25 and i been on my own since i was 13 years old

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on May 31, 2020

No, you can't get your mother to pay any of it to you. She has no duty to pay for prescriptions for her adult children.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: My job said if we don’t come in during the reopening process we won’t be allowed back to work when fully operational.

During the lockdown they took out a loan which approved 8 weeks of pay. Yesterday when asked to come in to help disinfect I notice many discrepancies where they aren’t following CDC Business Regulations for handling the phase 1-3 process with social distancing and keeping us staff safe (Nobody... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on May 15, 2020

This pandemic situation is very difficult for everyone involved, including your bosses who are at work on the job too. You are obviously one of the best employees--or else you would be sitting at home with the rest of the employees not asked to come in.

There is nothing "legal"...
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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I was out for over 15 days due to covid 19 -symptoms. Company didn’t give me the 80 hrs paid but force me to used pto

Can the company i work for force us to used our pto . And used all of our pto for being out due to covid 19.

I was sent home from work cause of my symptoms, after being tested the firts time results came back incompleted.

I had to get retested and cleared to come back to work .... Read more »

Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on May 8, 2020

Under the new Families First Coronavirus Response Act, or FFCRA, most employers are required to give you 80 hours or 2 weeks paid under your circumstances. I would ask for this to be applied to that time, to be paid and have your pto restored. If they deny, you can contact the Department of... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I work for the county, iam 61, I was diagnosed with Parkinson's HR denied accomodation,

After one year a lawyer drop my case. Lawyer almost did nothing, ,I paid the retainer fee and $35 monthly

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 23, 2020

Since you already have a lawyer we cannot interfere. I strongly suggest you stay with your lawyer, because hiring a different lawyer will send you all the way back to square number one.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Can an employer ask just you to produce a covid19 test if you and other co workers took a week off
Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Apr 21, 2020

As you can understand this is a new area of law and we are all still learning. Center for Disease Control guidelines do now take precedence over Americans with Disability Act regulations. My concern here is your phrase "ask you to produce a test (result presumably) as opposed to making you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Employment Law: I am an adjunct university professor who filed a grievance against the department chair in January 2019

I am still employed at the University but not being given any courses to teach since filing the grievance while new hires are given courses to teach. I would like to file a law suit but do not have money for an attorney. I know I am being discriminated against by the Chair. Do I have any... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 14, 2020

If you feel you have been discriminated against by actions of your supervisors or co-workers at your workplace because of your race, age, gender (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation or national origin, religion or marital status or because you have a disability, or feel you have been... Read more »

Q: Do I have anything to worry about concerning a dismissed lawsuit?

A lawsuit comprised of several defendants, which were sued in China was brought to the US courts. Due to international law, the agencies in the suit could not get sued, causing the dismissal of the complaint. There's no sign of employment other than 'wrongful termination' and the... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 11, 2020

This is the second time you have asked this question, only slightly different. The answers you received the first time have not changed.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I work for a big landscaping an irrigation company. When i started my girlfreind brung me in an id be there at 630am

Cause my girl would have to be at work at 7am. Me an her split up. An i have to use public transportation. I text my boss an told her the very first bus is at 730am. Thats the time the company wants you there now my boss said yea its fine that you will be in late. If it happens again you will be... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Apr 8, 2020

Because she wants you to show up at 6:30. It's not your boss's problem that you can't get there when she wants you there.

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: For a minor working in the fast food business, Will he or she get fined $500 for working 35 minutes after their shift?

Like they were working on prepping for the day (during the corona virus outbreak) and their manager said there will be a $500 fine. Is this correct?

Kevin Sanderson
Kevin Sanderson answered on Apr 4, 2020

I've never heard of such a thing.

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I was wrongfully terminated during a pandemic. There is policy I broke but the policy states could be corrective action

The policy states it could be a corrective action UP TO termination. It’s a lot of grey area. I believe my boss who dislikes me terminated me as retaliation instead of issuing the corrective action.

Jeffrey Snyder
Jeffrey Snyder answered on Apr 2, 2020

Retaliation for what, exactly? Also, you appear to have answered your own question. You stated that the termination policy "COULD" allow for corrective action. If it stated "WILL" or "SHALL" allow for corrective action, then you might have a better argument.... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I resigned from my employer, a large engineering firm, and they refuse to pay me for my last weeks of work.

The amount could be settled in small claims court, but I am unsure where to make that claim, my local office location (Orlando), corporate HQ office (Dallas), or payroll processing office (Pasadena, CA). Would an attorney help me for less than $10,000 owed.

Jay P. Lechner Esq.
Jay P. Lechner Esq. answered on Mar 24, 2020

This is a type of matter for which an employment attorney could help you. Often these disputes can be resolved prior to filing suit. If not, your actual place of employment generally is the correct jurisdiction. There may be other issues, so you should probably speak with an attorney.

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Q: Working for a company and having Medical marijuana

Is it illegal for an employer to refuse to hire someone due to smoking marijuana even if they have a medical marijuana card? The company is saying they have a strict "drug free policy" and cannot excuse marijuana from the drug screening even if a medical card is provided. The type of job... Read more »

Richard Paul Zaretsky
Richard Paul Zaretsky answered on Mar 16, 2020

The employer is entitled to set requirements for the job. If qualifying in a drug free environment is one of the requirements, then you right (in Florida) to use medical marijuana does not exempt you from that requirement. For example, the employer can require that no person working can take cold... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Florida on
Q: If an owner of a company doesn't like an employee can he terminate me for reasons that have no proof to back it up
Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Mar 2, 2020

Yes. Why? Because Florida is an “at will” state, which means employers are free to hire, transfer, promote, demote, suspend, reinstate, fire and rehire employees for any reason at any time, i.e., “at will.” The only thing employers cannot do is make any of these adverse employment decisions... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Business Law, Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Is there a law aginst employers takeing all of there employees tips be cause someone stole from them?

My names Kristina I work at a tropical smoothie in fort Pierce FL some one thought it was smart to steal 200$ from the cash register at my job an since my boss dosnt know who he started takeing every ones tips to pay off the two hundred dollars even though half of the employees had nuthing to do... Read more »

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on Feb 29, 2020

Yes

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Education Law for Florida on
Q: I am an international graduate student with an employment issue. Where can I find legal help/advice?

I work in an abusive environment. I have documented evidence that my supervisor is abusive and also repeatedly lying. His lies form the basis of a dispute that will likely lead to my termination. I am an international PhD student on a low income <$22k p/a. Where can I get legal advice?

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 24, 2020

If you feel you have been discriminated against by actions of your supervisors or co-workers at your workplace because of your race, age, gender (including sexual harassment), sexual orientation or national origin, religion or marital status or because you have a disability, or feel you have been... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Can I be fired due to going on disability?

I have worked for a company under agriculture for about 3 months now with full time hours. I was just recently accepted for disability compensation and now can only work up to 24 hours a week. I spoke with my employer about this change and he said he cannot accommodate me as a part time employee.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 14, 2020

No, under the facts stated by you, it is not against Florida or federal law for your employer to require you to work full time. The fact that you now have a partial disability and are not allowed to work full time (and do not need to work full time anymore) does not mean your employer must allow... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: I am 35 weeks pregnant with an uncomplicated pregnancy. Can my job force me to reduce my hours drastically?

I am a behavior therapist for kids with autism but have non aggressive clients and very light work. Employer wants to drastically reduce my hours weeks before I have a csection.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 6, 2020

This situation is not as cut and dried as you might think it is. While there are laws that protect pregnant women for certain kinds of employment discrimination that doe not mean that you are being discriminated against in this specific situation. You should hire an Employment lawyer who has... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: I think I got wrongfully terminated

The assistant manager asked me whether or not I could work on Friday and my answer wasn't a concrete yes, it was far more vague towards a maybe than a yes, they still scheduled me. In my availability I shouldn't have had that schedule

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Feb 1, 2020

There is no such thing as wrongful termination in Florida. Employers can do whatever they want, without any reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Workers' Compensation and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Can my job fill out an accident report without me being present?

I am suffering from repetitive stress injury. I called out of work and went to the doctors. I requested to fill out an accident report. They filled one out and gave it to me at the end of the work day. Once I read it they filled it out incorrectly. Not putting what I actually told them. Seems to me... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jan 28, 2020

I assume they asked you to sign it. If so, you should have corrected the errors before signing it.

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