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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: I was convicted of attempted murder in 2009 but employment background checks show a murder charge. Should I sue county?

The background check showing a murder charge instead of attempted murder has made it very difficult to find meanfull employment? Should I sue the county? I was released in 2012 and have notified them of this mistake. It is severely damaging my quality of life.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 27, 2022

It is pointless to sue the county as it is most likely immune from any civil damages in such a case.

I recommend you obtain certified copies of your indictment, any arrest warrant affidavits, and the order disposing of the criminal charges against you and provide them to any prospective...
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2 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: My criminal history is being used illiegaly to deny me an opportunity for employment to better myself who do it tellntx

I have 6 felonies4 of witch are sexual no convictions or arrests since 2008 no trucking company will touch me and iv had several of them tell me blatantly that I am disqualified from employment for my offenses

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 23, 2022

The EEOC investigates claims of unlawful employment discrimination. It has published a guide on how and when employers may use a job applicant's arrest and conviction record to screen applicants. This guide is focused on when using this information to screen job applicants constitutes... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: Should I seek legal help for ADA violation? Does constructive discharge apply to my situation due to undue stress?

I submitted an ADA request to my employer. They approved it based on a doctor's recommendation without consulting with me. I did not agree to the accommodation approval as it did not accommodate my situation because I have a special needs newborn in and out of the hospital and I need to be... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 22, 2022

Whether an employer has made reasonable accommodations to enable a qualified individual with a disability to perform essential job functions or to have the same privileges as employees without a disability without undue burden on the employer is a fact intensive determination. There is no way of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: I want to know if I have legal case for either undue stress, failure to accommodate, or constructive dismissal?

I submitted an ADA request for a 3 day a week with a part-time schedule to my employer signed by a doctor. I'm a 4x combat veteran and have a special needs newborn so I have to make it to appointments.

The employer received the request and approved 4 days based on my doctors... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 17, 2022

There is something missing in the way you have phrased your question.

What you wrote is that you submitted a request for an accommodation with a doctor's signature, and your employer approved it based on your doctor's recommendations.

That is a textbook example of an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: My managers are making it toxic for me to work and trying to force me out by quitting

I have a lot of documentation on situations and incidents stating back in September of 2021 started documenting the beginning of 2022 in regards to retaliation from management and all shapes and forms what can I do is start to become intolerable to work

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Nov 4, 2022

Retaliation is a recognized cause of action in discrimination cases. Maintain a detailed log or diary of your managers’ actions toward you. Then bring it to the lawyer who handled the prior discrimination claim that you think your managers are retaliating against you for. If you can’t bring... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Are employers allowed to force and administer a Covid 19 test
John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Sep 21, 2022

No, but they can make it a condition of continued employment under many circumstances. If such a test is “job related and consistent with business necessity,” the employer can require a COVID-19 test as a condition of continued employment. This is largely being interpreted as meaning will the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: Is it illegal in Texas for an employer to withhold tips from an employee?

I worked part time for a company making the $7.25 minimum hourly wage. The company also had a tip pool on top of their pay, and employees were tipped equally every day. When I quit the job, the manager told me that they were going to withhold my tips from the previous day I had already worked. They... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Sep 20, 2022

This is a tricky situation. Under federal law, employers are generally only required to pay you at least your state's minimum wage for each hour of work you perform. In the service industry, this means your server wage + your tips received must equal a ground total that averages out to an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: If your employer sold their building and advised to WFH permanently . Can you move state and work from any location?

My employer sold their location to another company. We were advised to WFH permanently with the only condition that we have stable internet. I moved state and been living in TX (2nd home) for over a year with manager knowing the situation. Today, I got let go due to "needed to be within 50... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Aug 6, 2022

You are going to need to get the guidance you need from a Texas employment law attorney because that is the location where you are working. A California attorney cannot provide you with sound advice for this.

If you were in California, your employer has the right to make the rules, and as...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: A local employer rescinded my signed offer letter AFTER I resigned from my previous job. Do I have any legal recourse?

The offer letter contains mine and the employer's signature, the agreed upon salary, and my start date. The director called me and said the person I was replacing changed her mind and wanted her job back. They gave it to her since she was a good and long standing employee. If my current... Read more »

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 17, 2022

While a review of the document you signed would be necessary to answer this question, job offer letters are usually not considered enforceable contracts. As a result, an employer can rescind a job offer for any reason, even if the employee has already signed an offer letter.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Employment Discrimination and Sexual Harassment for Texas on
Q: If I expose my boss/dad for cheating with a coworker and divorcing my mom, will it effect her outcome if he's fired?

My dad is my boss at work. He left my mother for one of our coworkers. She's half his age and has only been there six months. She's made sexual advances at me that I blow off. Well he fell for it. The day after he left my mother I arrived at work and he started bossing me on things to do... Read more »

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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Apr 10, 2022

I would find a new job and leave the drama behind. Your dad sounds like a jerk.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can an employer make employees come to work in a good mood when an employee has mental health issues?

Do I need to discuss my mental health issues with my employer?

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Dec 1, 2021

I have no idea how an employer would enforce a requirement to "come to work in a good mood," but they could certainly insist on certain behaviors which might suggest that a person is in a good mood, such as being polite to customers or co-workers, greeting customers at the door, smiling... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination and Health Care Law for Texas on
Q: is it legal for my employer to ask if i've been vaccinated? We have to take a "mandatory" survey

i don't think i should be forced to voluntarily provide medical information

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Nov 10, 2021

Yes, nothing prohibits your employer from asking whether you are vaccinated.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can an employer fire a employee for not getting enough Google reviews from customers?

Example, an employee is required to get 10 customer reviews a month. The employee asks 84 customers for reviews but only 6 respond. Is that grounds for termination when the completion of the goal requires a third party participant to follow through?

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Oct 20, 2021

Yes. If you are an at-will employee, your employer can terminate you for any reason or no reason, even if it is unfair. Unless you have an employment contract stating otherwise, your employer can terminate you for failing to get the requisite number of customer reviews - even though the goal is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: In January I filed an EEOC complaint against my employer. In September, I was terminated. Do I have a legal recourse?

I had no progressive discipline and the only reason I was given was a loss of confidence.

Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on Oct 19, 2021

More information is needed here. However, filing an EEOC charge against your employer is called a "protected activity," meaning you cannot be retaliated against based on your choice to file the charge. If, after you filed your charge, you noticed your employer started treating you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Family Law, Business Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: How to enforce or compel the texas subpoena that was served according to § 24-13-112 . Should I file compel in TX or GA?

How to enforce or compel the texas subpoena that was served according to § 24-13-112 . Should I file compel in TX or GA?

Should I motion to compel in GA along woth motion to transfer to texas court? Bcoz case is pending in Texas court.

Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
answered on Aug 31, 2021

If the case is pending in Texas, then presumably there's no case in Georgia in which to file a motion to compel.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: Can I as a private club employee be fined or face punishment for knowingly selling alcohol or liquor to a non-member(s)?

I've been routinely facing backlash and scrutiny for trying to enforce the temporary membership rules. I feel like I'll lose my job if I make people pay for them.

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace
answered on Jun 29, 2021

Your boss should back you up on requiring the membership because if you are caught selling to non-members then the entire club's permit could be suspended for 60 days for operating as an "open saloon."

Also, helping someone violate the private club rules is a crime under...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: Do I have a lawsuit?

I was terminated from my job. I was told I was fired due to absences that pertained to my mental health. I was told they didnt want someone working for them that had mental health problems. I was also never offered COBRA insurance and my insurance was canceled 12 days after termination. I was... Read more »

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Jun 8, 2021

You may have a claim under the Americans with Disabilities Act. If your employer has at least 50 employees in a 75 mile radius, and you have worked there for at least 12 months, for a total of at least 1250 hours, you may also have a claim under the Family Medical Leave Act. You should reach out... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Can I sue a former employer for work-related injury I was hospitalized with no formal termination

No working on conversation no unemployment just hospital bills no formal termination

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 27, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. Actually, you might benefit from speaking with not just ONE, but TWO Texas attorneys - (1.) one to look into the injury you describe as occurring in the scope of your employment (a workers' comp attorney) and... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Can I sue my former employer for work-related injury and also I was never terminated, just left hanging

Fell 30-seat off of platform lift that was not secured with no harnesses tied Downs or straps, coworker fell on top of me and then the trash bucket fell on top of both of us

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on May 22, 2021

A Texas attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. I'm sorry about your accident - it sounds like it was a terrible fall that was further compounded with the trash bucket. In general, for injuries that take place within the course of employment, legal remedies... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Texas on
Q: Can an employer make you get a covid vaccine for employment consideration? Sounds discriminatory to me.
Rhiannon Herbert
Rhiannon Herbert
answered on May 18, 2021

Generally, the answer to this question is yes. However, there are two exceptions to this general rule. If you have a religious objection to receiving the vaccine, or if you suffer from a disability that renders you unable to receive the vaccine, you can request an exemption from this requirement as... Read more »

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