Jerry Lutkenhaus' answer If she has a disability due to a work-related injury, she first needs to have notified her employer of the accident giving rise to this disability within thirty (30) days of the accident. Then, she needs to have filed a claim with the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission for the accident within two (2) years of the date of the accident. You indicated these were multiple incidents over a period of time. Also, a physical therapist is not a doctor. Usually, a concussion is treated by a...
Timothy R Johnson's answer An employer can fire you for any reason at all in Virginia unless you have a contract or the reason behind firing you was based on unlawful discrimination (race; religion; gender; age; etc.). If an employer heard about you through another employee, regardless whether it was true or not, the employer can fire you without any repercussion.
Peter Whelan's answer If you work for a private employer in Virginia with fewer than 15 employees, then you are not protected by federal anti-discrimination statutes that might otherwise give you a remedy for a "hostile work environment."
However, it sounds like what you are experiencing is not a "hostile work environment" in the legal sense of the term, because it sounds like the harassment is not related to your sex, race, religion, or other similar protected status.
Jerry Lutkenhaus' answer Under Virginia Workers Compensation law, you have the right to request a panel of 3 authorized physicians from the employer or its WC insurance company. Then you can pick your treating doctor from the panel. The employer/insurer also has the right to send you to an Independent Medical Exam (IME). An IME is with a defense doctor and is usually not treatment, just an opinion. You might have to sign a medical release.
Peter N. Munsing's answer I assume you have provided your federal tort claims act notice and received the notice that they will not be resolving it.
I believe you may file in Maryland but they may ask that it be transfered to virginia. You should get a consultation from an attorney that specializes in Post Offcie cases --if there isn't one in Baltimore, there probably is one in DC. Look under the Md. Assn for Justice or the Trial Lawyers Assn Metro District of Columbia who handles post office cases or at least...
Jerry Lutkenhaus' answer I understand you were out for seven months. I assume you were on worker's compensation and then you were returned to work in a light duty capacity. Your complaint is the employer is only giving you 12 hours of light duty per week. The insurer should be paying you two thirds of the difference as temporary partial workers' compensation benefits. If your lawyer does not help you, then you need to consider getting another lawyer.
Mr. Andrew T. Bodoh Esq.'s answer In Virginia, an employer typically can terminate you without cause or with bad cause, so there is no legal obstacle to them terminating you for drinking even when you are not on the job.
Paul A. Prados' answer Generally yes. There is no special protection for people who make what is considered a lifestyle choice of smoking. You can be denied employment because of piercings or tattoos for example as well.
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