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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: In Indiana, may my supervisor terminate me for filing a harassment claim against a coworker?

I work for the county. A coworker is doing what she can to alienate me from others in the office by verbally attacking me. She gossips about me to coworkers, and to my supervisor. She tells every one any mistake I make, but most of what she says is false. The first time I brought it up to my... Read more »

Kyle Anderson
Kyle Anderson answered on Jan 15, 2020

You are in a tough situation. Generally speaking, your complaint about your co-worker is not protected, which means you won't have any legal recourse if you are terminated. To be protected, the harassment needed to have been about your race, religion, gender, a disability, etc. That does not sound... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: I was recently terminated and went through a hearing for unemployment. The findings were that I was unfairly terminated.

I submitted a dispute but it has not been forwarded to the Corporate office to this date. I also requested a copy of my file and was informed that a subpoena would have to be submitted to obtain the requested information. What course of action do I need to do at this point? There are several... Read more »

Amber K. Boyd
Amber K. Boyd answered on Jan 1, 2020

The first thing you need to do is contact an attorney to assist you in this matter. My phone number is 317-210-3416. Please give my office a call.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: I really don't know where to start I've been working at this job for over 5 years 1 raise in 5 years getting harassed

I just need some advice on what to do I don't know what to do I get set home for being harassed by my coworker and my boss sent me home for me get harassed I'm not doing anything wrong I'm disabled I'm only allowed to work part-time I can't keep putting up this with this harassment and they're... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer answered on Dec 27, 2019

If you feel you are being harassed because of your disability or your membership in another protected class (e.g., due to your gender, race, color, national origin, religion, or age (40+)), you should report the harassment in accordance with your employer's policies. If the harassment continues... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Can I break my employment contract if my employer is preventing me from doing my job as a manager?

The owner of the hotel that I work for hired me as General Manager yet does not pay bills on time, overrides my decisions as a manager, and creates a hostile work environment for my employees.

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Jul 16, 2019

If you have a signed a written employment contract with your employer look closely for any terms that would allow you to break the contract or broken promises made by the employer; but before you do anything you should run this stuff by an Indiana lawyer experienced in employment law.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Can you get house arrest with a fleeing charge
Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jul 1, 2019

Without more detail it is too difficult to give an accurate answer. However, if there was no injury on a fleeing case, it is possible to get house arrest in most situations, if at all.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: How do I request that my former employer provide the emails I need for evidence from the account controlled by company?

I was terminated without expecting it and they shut down access to the email account immediately, In addition, the CEO did 'talks' online on YOUTUBE and the content is relevant to my claim of discrimination, the company has closed these and I cannot access the content, can I ask the company to... Read more »

Amber K. Boyd
Amber K. Boyd answered on May 19, 2019

More than likely the only way to recover documents in this circumstance is to file a lawsuit and request the documents and videos through issuing Request for Production of Documents to the Defendant (company).

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Tax Law for Indiana on
Q: a few days ago I applied for an ein I entered a dba on the form. That I havent registered yet. I am disabled and have

never worked. After more thought I have decided not to pursue the venture. Wondering what to do

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 15, 2019

Nothing--unless you are worried that the IRS might follow up with questions about the DBA.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Identity Theft, Small Claims and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: my old roommate has been using my payroll card for months...
Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Feb 26, 2019

What's the question? Report him to the police, freeze your credit if you are afraid that a loan has been taken out in your name or other accounts established and look into filing a claim against him for any damages you have incurred.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law, Personal Injury and Sexual Harassment for Indiana on
Q: I slept with My supervisor and found out a week later I had herpes. I’m almost sure it came from him and he knew it.

Several people said he’s passing it around. He’s also used my position against me when I refused to see him again! How do I get justice? Can we ask for medical records and file suite against him and employer?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jan 9, 2019

Contact a member of the Indiana Assn for Justice in your area who handles employment issues; they represent workers and give free consults.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: How much is a non compete worth

Am possibly being terminated from family business... want to know what amount to try to negotiate in exchange for a do not compete

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Sep 10, 2018

There is no stock answer as to how much a non-compete is worth to your current employer. It is entirely dependent on the role and responsibilities you held at the business and how much of an impact on the business you could have if you decided to compete with them after you are terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: 2 Non compete were signed at different employers within 1 year, will the second one be valid or not?

I have a girl who was previously employed with us. Resigned. Got a different position at a competitor and signed one there too. She then decided to quit that position and come back to us. Will that 2nd non compete be enforceable? Since our noncompete was in place when she started that job?

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Aug 3, 2018

If both contracts are valid and signed then she is bound by the terms of both of them, therefore she could be violating at least one of them right now. However, without seeing the contracts there is no definitive answer available here. You need to sit down with an attorney have and them review both... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: In Indiana, can I be terminated without being given a reason?

My boss (a service manager) and office manager came to my office and my boss told me this is where we part ways and I asked why and he said he doesn’t have to tell me why. This is in a dealership with over 100 employees.

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jul 5, 2018

Yes, you can be fired without reason in Indiana. The only exceptions are if you are a part of a collective bargaining agreement (union) or your termination was on the basis of a legally protected status (age, race, national origin, etc.).

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Car Accidents for Indiana on
Q: I. Was seriously hurt driving a company van and the air bags never went off and i fractured 7disck and he never paid

Yeah I was never compensated for my medical bills and I feel that his insurance should have paid

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 28, 2018

Contact a member of the Indiana Assn for Justice that handles comp claims--they give free consults. As to the air bags, depending on how the crash happened the air bags would not have gone off as they only go in certain circumstances.

If the wreck was someone elses fault you have a claim...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Terminated from job; no cause. Now cease and desist letter from employer saying no contact - legal?

I was Activities Director at an assisted living facility. I was terminated last year for a reason that was never explained to me. I just received a certified letter from my former manager entitled: "NOTICE: CEASE AND DESIST PERSONAL CONTACT RESIDENTS". It says I'm to have no contact with... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Mar 23, 2018

This isn't legally binding. This is a notice that if you continue to see the residents at the property they may bring legal action against you. If they are serious about this it is likely that there is a clause in your contract that bars you from continuing contact with the families or residents at... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Indiana on
Q: I sustained a fall at work. Workmans Comp is doing what it should, but employer is demanding payment from me for my ins

that I pay weekly. Do I pay or are they suppose to while I'm injured?

Chase T Wilson
Chase T Wilson answered on Feb 16, 2018

Worker's comp usually takes care of such things. I've never heard of an employer demanding you pay your work comp insurance while you're off work for a work related injury. Google worker's compensation attorneys in Indiana and give one a call. They'll know better than I do.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Education Law for Indiana on
Q: If I have an expunged misdemeanor, do I need to say yes for the question, "have you been convicted of a misdemeanor" ?

I am applying for my teacher's license in the state of Indiana. About a year ago, I committed a misdemeanor for minor theft. I have expunged it by a lawyer and served community service time at the Salvation Army. I am now applying for my teacher's license. It asks me if I have ever been convicted... Read more »

Andrew L. Bennett
Andrew L. Bennett answered on Jan 8, 2018

If the case is truly expunged and no just dismissed then you do not need to tell anyone about your case with limited exceptions. You may want to check mycase.in.gov to confirm your case has truly been expunged.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Personal Injury, Workers' Compensation and Health Care Law for Indiana on
Q: Can an employer tell an employee not to take a prescription from a work-related injury that says to take "as needed"?

An employee gets hurt on the job, complaining of wrist pain in both wrists, along with numbness and tingling in the left arm. Employer sends the employee to the primary care and gets diagnosed with left shoulder region strain, left pectoralis muscle strain, and parathesia. Employee returns to work... Read more »

Chase T Wilson
Chase T Wilson answered on Oct 24, 2017

In this case the employee would likely receive something from the doctor, assuming this is a work comp doctor, saying that he/she will need to be off work for a certain amount of time if the pain is too much. My recommendation in this situation would be to have the employee go back to the doctor to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: Reguarly about 45 mins late to job bc of another job. Talked to manager and relevant employees, assured it was ok. Not

One of the employees I spoke with has now left. Her replacement is not ok with my being late on 2 evenings I work. She's demanding I be on time or give up other job, but I need the money. Again, this subject was talked about w manager and other employees and approved before this woman started... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Sep 15, 2017

Unfortunately, you are most likely an at-will employee. You can be fired at anytime for almost any reason. Your employer could fire you for not liking the way you dress or for not meshing well with the other employees on a personal level. In this case, being 45 minutes late is a perfectly valid... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: no compete agreement states i cannot work for another similar company within 3 years and 100 miles. is this enforceable?

It also states on the contract that the no compete will not apply if i "properly" terminate my own employment for cause.

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Jul 9, 2017

In Indiana, limiting covenants like this are generally frowned upon but may still be upheld by the courts if limited in scope (like in geographical proximity) and the limitation is related to your employment (like working for another company in your area of work).

Without seeing the actual...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Indiana on
Q: I feel like I was discriminated against by a potential employer for being socially awkward. Do I have a case here?

I recently applied and interviewed for a job. I was told by the manager in a follow-up phone call that I was not hired because I was socially awkward. I asked the company's HR department if that was a legimitate reason not to hire some one. They told me that they would investigate, and later... Read more »

Alexander Florian Steciuch
Alexander Florian Steciuch answered on Apr 3, 2017

You most likely do not have any sort of grounds for a civil suit. The only possible grounds that you might have is that you were discriminated against due to a disability, in this case that your diagnosed ADD is so severe that it constitutes a disability and has a major and severe impact on your... Read more »

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