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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Construction Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Covid Vaccine Mandate - Booster

I was recently hired at a Construction Firm and provide covid vaccine card. Today I recieved an email from HR stating that i do not have the booster. There is nothing on the employee hand book nor nothing in the interview stating that the employment requirement that mandates covid vaccine for... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Jun 29, 2022

You get the booster. If you refuse to do what your employer wants, you get fired. It is that simple. Sorry.

Good luck to you.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Employer breaks OSHA laws, rules from employee handbook, plus bribes, threats etc. Do I have a case?

Employed at a franchisee owned chain restaurant for 3 years. I work 100+ hours per week, 7 days and at times it is with incorrect or missing OT pay. I work 12-16 hrs/day with no breaks and threats of termination if I call off. I have been bribed, threatened with termination, accused of stealing,... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on May 30, 2022

Your post suggests that you have multiple claims against your employer. If you wish to pursue those claims, you should locate and consult with an employment law attorney who can learn more about your situation and plot out your path.

As to OSHA violations you can report those directly to...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Health Care Law for California on
Q: Is it legal for A Jobs HR try to obtain personal doctor records for an employee?

Back in January of 2022 I got extremely sick from Covid. Which I got tested and I had a note from a doctor stating I can’t return until further notice. I wasn’t able to obtain my test results until almost a week later. When I called to get my results they told me they weren’t ready. HR had... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Apr 28, 2022

Your employer is only allowed to know that your doctor is treating you, what restrictions you have, and what reasonable accommodations would address your condition. Your employer is not allowed to know anything else about your medical conditions or history, including your diagnosis, symptoms or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: Did not get my hours back after having Covid, they actually denied me hours and have taken my access to employee logins.

Told me I needed to talk to Gm “he was out of town “. I called office more than once they couldn’t put me back on the schedule until he said. I’m a server so we can cover shifts I put in for a few and they were denied by management. I have screenshots of the reasons stating “no reason... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Mar 12, 2022

If it can be established that you lost hours or even your job because you contracted Covid-19 and needed to quarantine and heal, then you likely would have a case for violation of the Fair Employment and Housing Act, and probably wrongful adverse employment action in violation of public policy.... Read more »

Q: I am pregnant and my employer tells me I must take a covid-19 booster to keep my employment. Recommendation options?

I voluntarily took the vaccine last year before my pregnancy. Now that I am pregnant I do NOT feel safe taking any booster shots. There is no guarantee or evidence that can prove my unborn child will be safe from it and that my child won't have any health or medical complications from it now... Read more »

Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova
answered on Feb 8, 2022

If you have a closely held religious belief that prevents you from taking the vaccine, you will need to present that information to your employer. But keep in mind whether you claim a medical or religious exemption, the accommodation is still not automatic. The employer should try to accommodate... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: I received an email from my workplace regarding my religious exemption from the COVID 19 vaccine. I need advice

I literally received an email from my employer asking me to provide more info about my religious exemption and was told that I must respond within 3 calendar days and included a series of questions that I have to answer regarding my religious affiliation

Eva Zelson
Eva Zelson
answered on Oct 14, 2021

Your employer is within their rights to follow up on your request for a religious exemption to verify that it is a truly held religious belief. You should comply with their request for more information if you wish for them to grant you an exemption to their requirement for the Covid-19 vaccine.... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: i NEED HELP WITH COVID VACCINE MANDATE WITH MY EMPLYEE
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 24, 2021

You have not really asked a question that can be answered. This Q&A board is not the place to solicit attorneys to work for you.

It sounds to me like you need to locate and consult with an employer-side attorney.

Generally speaking the employer of an at will employee can...
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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Civil Rights for California on
Q: I’m a federal employee and going to refuse the vaccine mandate. If fired, will this violate laws meant to protect me?

Vaccine presidential mandate.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 15, 2021

Mandatory vaccination is lawful. It has been since 1905 when the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Jacobson v. Massachusetts. That decision, although old, has been cited to over 800 times and recently by our US Supreme court in the last two years. You will have no recourse if you refuse to... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: What are proper steps to take ? Should I get a lawyer first?

So since working for employer I have had missing wages issues that never were addressed after a month of getting the run around I felt hopeless because the clock in were changing when I am well aware of my clock in times. Sunday was my normal schedule day and 4th of July landed on that day I was... Read more »

Niran Grimberg
Niran Grimberg
answered on Sep 14, 2021

Under California Labor Code 1102.5, if you complain to your employer about something you reasonably believe to be unlawful, and the employer retaliates against you (in this case terminated you), you may have a case for whistleblower retaliation. I would recommend seeking a free consultation with an... Read more »

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3 Answers | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for California on
Q: How do I request an exemption?

My employer has switched from voluntary to mandatory vaccination offering religious/medical exemptions.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 6, 2021

If you have a medical condition that prevents you from taking the vaccine, get a doctor's note indicating as much and present it to your employer.

If you have a closely held religious belief that prevents you from taking the vaccine, you will need to present that information to your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning and Probate for California on
Q: How to move past trust administration delays?

My parents passed away just over a year ago in August 2020. My sister is the trustee and I am just a beneficiary. She hired an attorney and we are near the last stage of closing the trust. The law firm is in the process of putting together the accounting and keep telling my sister that... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King
answered on Aug 30, 2021

Your sister needs to tell the law firm exactly what you said here, i.e., that they are the cause of the delay and she needs the document by the end of the day tomorrow. Other than that, your sister can just show up at the law firm and take a chance that they're open (due to COVID many people... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law for California on
Q: If my wife or child dies as a result of the spread of COVID via an anti-vaxxer, can I sue for negligent homicide?

This assumes I can genetically trace this particular strain of covid back to the spreader.

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Aug 24, 2021

anyone can sue at any time.

i suspect the issue will be whether you can find a lawyer to handle on a contingency or whether you could afford to fund a lawsuit................AND

whether there would be enough evidence to prevail.......my guess is you would not have the evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Employer claims they do not have to pay me for hours I worked, my manager always approved my time card. Do they owe me?

During covid my hours and wage were adjusted, I was told verbally that my hours had been restored and proceeded to work a 40 hour week. My manager approved my time card for 7 months. The time tracking system sent me emails that said you are a full time employee and must submit for a 40 hour week.... Read more »

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Aug 19, 2021

If you are an hourly employee you must be paid for all time you spend working for the employer. That is true regardless of what the employer tells you about what hours you are to work. While you can be disciplined and even terminated for working more hours than your employer instructed you to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: Medical freedom is a right! Mandated covid injections & testing should not be required by employers. NOchoice NOvoice!

Who can I talk to about obtaining legal counsel to defend my medical freedom against my employer?

Do I have a case???

What type of attorney do I need ?

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Aug 12, 2021

You do have a choice, and that is not to work for that employer. Employers have the right to determine the safety rules to assure the ongoing safety of all employees. Employers can require that all employees be vaccinated against Covid19, just the same as when we were all vaccinated as children... Read more »

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4 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination for California on
Q: I believe I have a discrimination case against my prior employer of 11 years. In the time I worked for them I was

continually praised for my work by all of the personal. Last Aug I was laid of due to Covid-19. I wasnt called back when things opened up, and I have learned that a man had been hired to do my job and has been doing it since I was laid off. Do I have a case?

Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova
answered on Aug 10, 2021

What you have described may be discrimination; however, not all discriminations are unlawful. Specifically, only discrimination due to your membership in the protected class of people or because you engaged in protected activity are legally actionable. You have not mentioned any facts that... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for California on
Q: Dad tested positive for COVID. My daughter is negative. We are 50/50. He wont negotiate his time. What can I do?

We are one week on/off. He wants to pick her up even though his whole household tested positive. She is negative and I don’t want her to get sick. I told him I would give him back his time or use vacation days while I have her till his family gets a negative Covid test. He won’t have any of it... Read more »

Paramprit Bindra
Paramprit Bindra
answered on Aug 5, 2021

1. Try talking to the father again.

2. You may file a Request for Temporary Emergency (EX Parte) Orders and ask that no visitation to Father.

3. Depending on which county you live in you may consider filing a good cause report, but usually filing one requires immediate threat of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law for California on
Q: Can an employer withhold promotions or raises because an employee is not vaccinated for Covid-19?

My employer violated HIPAA laws by asking why employees didn’t want to get vaccinated. They are telling our general manager they will not give a raise or promotion unless an employee is vaccinated.

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Aug 4, 2021

Yes an employer can withhold promotions and raises, and even terminate an employee, who refuses to vaccinate against Covid-19. And it is not a HIPAA violation to ask an employee about why they do not want to vaccinate. HIPAA does not regulate employees, only health care providers and insurance... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Foreclosure and Real Estate Law for California on
Q: I applied for covid-19 mortgage relief and now face property foreclosure. How do I avoid losing my home???

I was able to resume monthly payments, however, new mortgage service has denied me a repayment plan and refinance option.

Leon Bayer
Leon Bayer
answered on Jul 27, 2021

You should have an immediate conversation with one or more bankruptcy lawyers. Chapter 13 bankruptcy is designed to give you up to 5 years to catch up your mortgage, all the while protecting you from foreclosure.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Estate Planning for California on
Q: Mom has dementia. Husband refuses to pay for care. How can she have access to community property to pay for her care?

Due to Covid and mom's progressing condition, she is no longer living with dad in their shared home. Dad controls rents from RE rentals, and has made more money than mom. He will not pay for any care. My sisters and I are struggling to pay for mom's care. I have power of attorney to... Read more »

Julie King
Julie King
answered on Jul 22, 2021

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. I am not a family law attorney, but I can tell you this: Your mother owns half of the community property in the marriage and all of her separate property.

Community property is property that was earned during marriage (assuming there is no...
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1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law for California on
Q: My husbands case was sent to NVC. Received 60 day period letter from NVC. Will we be getting interview by end of year?

03/2019 Pardon waiver approved

IR1- both in USA ( I’m a citizen asking for husband)

5/15/2020 Case sent to NVC and completed

5/28/21- received a letter from NVC that our case “ immigrant visa is documentarily complete at the National Visa center ...The next... Read more »

Agnes Jury
Agnes Jury
answered on Jul 16, 2021

There is no way to know/predict for sure because it depends on how busy the Embassy is and how fast they are working on catching up with their COVID caused backlog. You can call the Embassy where the file was sent to see if they will let you know the date of immigrant visa documentarily qualified... Read more »

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