I work in the state of La. for a large government contracting company. Due to the current government shutdown, a work stoppage has been issued and we’re not getting paid, yet we are being asked to do some work without pay. Is that legal, and are we entitled to compensation for every hour we work... Read more »
Generally, it is not legal for a company to require you to work without pay. There are some unique aspects to this rule given the government shutdown; however, even the government is required to pay people on time, and the shutdown does not excuse them from lawsuits for unpaid wages. I would need...Read more »
That depends. Some unpaid overtime lawsuits are filed as "collective actions," which means that other co-workers can ask the court to join the suit. Other lawsuits are filed just on behalf of one individual. I would need to know more about your co-worker's lawsuit to answer this question.
This is a workers comp case in Louisiana and I don’t know what to do. I feel I should not work because the doctor orders state no work. I let the owner know and she told me I had to cover my shift tonight because she didn’t have anyone else too. I feel like she is trying to make me feel... Read more »
It is impossible to answer that question without more detailed information. Whether a manager is properly overtime exempts depends on several factors including: how much of his time he spends managing other employees, whether he has authority to hire or fire, the number of employees who he...Read more »
I signed a contract that states I get paid $60000. My employer told me that they have to cut my pay in order to higher a certified employee. I already signed the contract 2 months ago. I do not see in the contract where it states my pay can be cut.
When I fired her, she started assaulting me and her sister jumped in and beat me too. I pressed charges and they have a warrant out for both of the sisters, currently. The company recently hired her back not even a month after the incident, even though the is a warrant for her arrest for assault... Read more »
First, I have to ask the obvious question: If there's a warrant outstanding for this person, have you notified the police that they can arrest her at your place of employment? If so, why hasn't she been arrested? Second, at the very least, you may have a worker's compensation claim against your...Read more »
There is not enough information here to give a certain answer. In most cases, employers must pay employees for training time. There are a few narrow exceptions, but these are very fact specific. You should speak to a local employment lawyer to discuss your specific situation.
I've been working at this company for a little over a year. Ever since I started work here my manager has touched me inappropriately by smacking me on the butt. I told her to stop and she did but then the sexual comments followed. It would be things like about how big my butt is and about sexual... Read more »
File a claim with the EEOC for sex discrimination. You can find the intake questionnaire at eeoc.gov. You should also gather any documentation you have to prove that you have reported these instances to the District Manager.
I've been subjected to the harassment at work for 12 years by another manager. He was fired for harassment by his previous employer. In addition to the harassing behavior, he started a rumor that I was having an affair with another supervisor. As a result of the rumor, other employees have made... Read more »
Employment law cases are fact sensitive so I cannot assess your chances of winning in Court based on the information provided; however, you should definitely file a claim with the EEOC. Mediation is optional; however, if your employer agree to it, it would not hurt you to go through mediation. If...Read more »
No, an employer cannot intimidate you into quitting because of health reasons. Generally, you can take sick leave if you are eligible, and it is available. Eligibility and availability would depend on the sick leave policy of your employer.
Yes. If you develop a health problem as a result of workplace exposure to a toxic agent, you can take legal action against whoever is responsible for your injury and recover the compensation you deserve. Supposing the manufacturer provided the company with adequate guidelines on how to use their...Read more »
Thanks for the question. It's not clear what you mean by "reconstruction in court," but if you are referring to a bankruptcy restructuring, the answer is that companies undergoing bankruptcy may have the right to rescind or reject contracts that were entered into before the bankruptcy. This is a...Read more »
You would have to have proof of the extra payments to show worker's compensation. Of course, there's the possibility of your incriminating yourself, if you weren't paying taxes on the extra money you were receiving.
No. Unless you signed a severance agreement or other contract with the company, and they agreed to provide you with a reference, there is no requirement that a former employer provide verification of past employment.
As long as you are getting paid for the time, it is legal. If it becomes a regular occurrence you should probably have a serious talk with your boss, but there's no law saying that you can't be asked to do work outside your job description.
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