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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Contracts and Workers' Compensation for Indiana on
Q: Can a place of employment make you sign another offer letter after they got the pay rate wrong on the first?

A company I work for is being bought/transitioned to a new company. Employees are being encouraged to transition over as well, with better pay rates. They have sent out employment offer letters to each employee to sign detailing their individualized pay rates. I received my first one and signed it... Read more »

Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano answered on Oct 7, 2021

This is question of Contract Law. Workers' Compensation deals exclusively with work-related injuries. If you were offered $16.30 per hour and you accepted that rate of pay, the must pay you $16.30 for all hours worked from the date you accepted the offer to the date that they changed their... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Is asking to only being required to work 8 hours a day 5 days a week and 40 hours a week undue hardhip on my employer

Is requesting accomodation to only be required to work no more than 5days a week 8 hours a day and 40 hours a week due to my mental health issue a undue hardship on my employer

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Sep 15, 2021

Whether your request is an undue burden depends on many things, including the size of your employer, your position and your job duties, and the need (if any) for you to work in excess of 40 hours per week. A request for an accommodation triggers the employer's duty to engage in an interactive... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: My mom was fired today from her new job because of the CEOs personal prejudice against her fiancé. Should we fight it?

My mom got a new job and was fired today because she received flowers from her fiancé and his name was on them. He is a well known director for a local union and when the ceo saw them she fired her after she came back from lunch. She asked if she did anything wrong and the answer was no and that... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Aug 4, 2021

Indiana is an at-will state. This means that an employer may generally terminate an employee at any time and for any reason or no reason. There are very limited exceptions to this general rule. The situation you are describing is certainly unfair, but it does not violate the law or give your mom a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Indiana on
Q: Was I wrongfully terminated?

I Informed HR that I was going to be needing to use some of my 12 weeks allowance of FMLA. I had seen a doctor the day I let HR know. The doctor just needed the forms from the HR department of work but she had given me a note excusing me starting on June 29th 2021. Then today on June 30th 2021 I... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jul 7, 2021

Hello, more information is needed here. It would be unlawful for the employer to consider your use of FMLA in a decision to terminate you. I would reach out to an employment law attorney to schedule a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: My son voluntarily is in rehab. His job empl. Under 50 ppl. He’s been at job 10 mo. What job protect act wld he fall un

Work for hefler for 5 yrs. PO and G ( pfiefer oil and gas ) bought out Hefler. Been with them 10 months. Doing same job total 6 yrs. PO and G denied fmla. Are there any Laws to protect his job since hes only been with PO and G 10 mo?

PO and G called Rehab Center and told them he would lose... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jul 7, 2021

In some situations, an unpaid medical leave of absence can be a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should contact an employment law attorney in your area to discuss your son's options in more detail.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: I understand IN is an at-will employment state. Can an employer legally fire you to cover up a mistake made on their end

My spouse was an independent contractor for a RV transportation company. The opportunity came for my spouse to get involved in hotshot transportation. He brought the idea to the owner/manager of the company. The owner/manager agreed it was a good idea and approved my husband doing the work under... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on May 18, 2021

Unfortunately, there is nothing inherently unlawful about your spouse's termination, since employees can be terminated for any reason or for no reason at all in at-will states. However, the one exception to this rule is if your spouse believes they were targeted for termination due to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: If a seasonal employee is kept on working after the business season ends are they entitled to overtime

I was hired as a seasonal employee for an amusement park last June. The park closed for the season in October but I have continued to work 40+ hours a week through the winter and am now working 50 hours a week and they say because I’m seasonal I am not entitled to time and a half for my hours... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Apr 21, 2021

Whether you're entitled to overtime will depend on whether the amusement park is open year-round, and/or when the amusement park makes most of its money. Employees do not need to be paid overtime if their employer is an amusement or recreational establishment, and if the employer can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: My job is being terminated on feb 16th. They are offering me a job over 4 dollars less an hour. What should I do.

This morning was called and told they were getting rid of our drivers at my store in Indiana. They told me I have to accept a new role making less money or I will have to quit.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Jan 27, 2021

Unfortunately, your only options here are to either take the new job and pay cut or resign and look for other employment. At-will employees can be terminated from their position at any time and for any reason (as long as the reason isn't discriminatory), including a reduction-in-force as... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: I was employed for the company I work for now for 8 years I had fmla for some health issue one main being conversion

Disorder I came back about year ago same manager who knows about my health sent me home claiming I was intoxicated didn’t subject me to drug screening which they do random they just did one about two weeks ago and fired someone told me to leave even in their policy says u shouldn’t let them if... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jan 26, 2021

It sounds like you are being harassed for taking FMLA leave and for having a condition that MAY qualify you under the ADA for protections. I say MAY, because certain drug addictions are not covered under the ADA. You need to contact a local attorney that deals with Employment Discrimination and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Can an employer keep an employee in a job position when the employee desires to step down.
Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jan 20, 2021

Generally, yes. Indiana is an "at will" state. Unless you have a contract or a collective bargaining agreement stating otherwise, your employer can hire, fire, promote, demote, etc. at the employer's discretion for any reason, so long as it is not for an unlawful reason.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Is my employer allowed to make me sign a paper allowing them to temporarily accept my doctors restrictions?

They want to talk to their lawyer and make a restrictions and fmla policy. They accepted the restrictions my doctor gave them with no issue and then two weeks later told me that they could only accept them for a month. The restrictions are for an ongoing foot issue that happened at work at this... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Dec 9, 2020

More information is needed to analyze your situation. Your employer can require you to sign an acknowledgment that the employer will accommodate your doctor's restrictions for a month. However, what is the justification for only accommodating these restrictions for a month? Do the proposed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Can I be terminated while on Covid LOA?

I have been on Covid LOA since March. Today I received an email from Sedgwick (the company that takes care of all that) stating that my leave was closed because they were informed my employment ended (with Walmart) on 11/6/20. I wasn’t notified that this was going to happen or anything. Do I have... Read more »

Greg Mansell
Greg Mansell answered on Nov 11, 2020

You may have an argument that your continued leave was a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. You should contact an employment attorney in Indiana to go over the specifics of your leave and separation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Indiana on
Q: My ex works second shift and as a result I exercise extended parenting time when he works. He now wants to make these ho

and he is asking to make up the hours he is missing as a result of his working. Can he do this?

Troy Tyson
Troy Tyson answered on Nov 3, 2020

Your question is broken up so it is not exactly clear what you are asking. However, if the two of you are exercising a different parenting time schedule than what was initially ordered, then you may want to consider requesting a modification from the court, to make the change official.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Is it legal for my job to fire me for taking off to care of my newborn while my unwed partner is sick in the hospital?
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert answered on Oct 7, 2020

Whether you are protected under the law will depend on the size of your employer and how long you were with the employer. The Family and Medical Leave Act ("FMLA") offers unpaid leave if you need to care for a child as you described above, but it only applies if (1) your employer employs... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: My husband is on FLMA and has a letter from his doctor requesting that he be moved to a cleaner area because of COPD.

He was for the last year in the cleaner area until his supervisor moved him back to the dirty part of the factory. His supervisor is stonewalling him on the move saying he doesn't have to move him because the doctor has no authority. Is there anything that can be done, because my husband is... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Sep 30, 2020

Yes, your husband is entitled to seek a reasonable accommodation due to his COPD that allows him to continue to perform the essential functions of his job. It sounds like your husband's employer was providing him the accommodation of working in a clean area of the factory for the previous... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: salary

I was the live in manager at a hotel would take care of it for about 10 hours a day, plus handle late check ins. I only got paid 400$ every 2 weeks, 400/80=5 that’s less then minimum wage is that ok?

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Aug 20, 2020

Hi, more information is needed here but, yes, that appears to be under the federally required minimum wage. If that is the case, it is not okay, and would be a violation of law. I would recommend reaching out to an employment law attorney for a consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Indiana on
Q: I applied for a different employer, same line of work. The competitor company, wouldn't even give me an interview

I applied at a competing catering company. I called consistantly, got an answer and was just unlucky because the hiring manager wasn't in that day, or so I thought. I ended up finally reaching them just one day before my application expired, and the manager told me that "they were... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Aug 12, 2020

No, it is not unlawful discrimination to refuse to hire an employee because that employee worked for a competitor.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: My employer is threatening to withhold my entire final paycheck and charge me for theft for my work shirts and keycard

Is this legal? I've told them in writing once I recieve my final check (if the cost of the shirts and keycard is deducted okay) that i would return the shirts and keycard and shes threatening to charge me with theft over it . They also told me the reason I was not being trained on the floor... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 24, 2020

You should return the shirt and key card immediately. You should then contact an employment attorney to discuss the details of your employment situation and the circumstances under which your employment ended. More information about your situation is needed, but you may have a claim for gender... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: the company I work for is forcing me to stay 30 mins after on half days to take an unpaid lunch. Is this legal?

I am hourly indiana. Would usually clock out at 11 because I don't need a lunch at 11 but they are forcing me to stay until 1130 even though I do not get paid for lunch because they don't want to have to manually change times.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Jun 24, 2020

Your employer can mandate that employees take an unpaid lunch break, even on days that you do not work a full shift. However, if you are continuing to perform work during the 11-11:30 time frame, you are entitled to be compensated for this time.

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: I worked as a instructor for a trucking company, we didnt get paid overtime even though we werr forced to work over 40

They said its because we were classified as drivers, however we never drove, never kept logs. We were all either severenced or furloughed on 4/24, but were told we were non driver personnel..how can you not pay us overtime by saying were considered drivers but then labeled non driver to furlough or... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on May 6, 2020

I would reach out to an employment law attorney in your state for a consultation. There isn't enough information here for a full analysis. Depending on your job duties and pay structure, you may be entitled to overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

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