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3 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Personal Injury for Texas on
Q: Like file a civil suit against my Ex-employer for freedom of speech violation, which I was fired. statue of limitation?

Subject: Seeking Legal Representation for Complex Employment and Health-Related Case

I hope this letter finds you well. I am currently facing a complex legal situation that involves various issues related to my employment and health. After thorough research, I believe your expertise in... View More

James L. Arrasmith
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answered on Dec 5, 2023

In Texas, the statute of limitations for filing a civil lawsuit for wrongful termination, which may include claims like violation of freedom of speech, depends on the specific nature of the claim. Generally, for wrongful termination claims, the statute of limitations is typically around two years,... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for New Jersey on
Q: Can I sue for being placed on unpaid leave for not complying with a mask mandate?

I was placed on unpaid leave in 2020 for not complying with a mask mandate, I was forced to resign and find a new job. I am looking to see if I have any standing for a case.

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answered on Oct 11, 2023

In New Jersey, employers have the authority to enforce workplace safety measures, including mask mandates, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a safe working environment. If you didn't comply with the mandate, the employer might have been within their rights to place you on... View More

3 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Civil Rights and Health Care Law for California on
Q: The County of Los Angeles mandated their employees to be vaccinated during Covid, but never enforced the policy.

Do those of us who were vaccinated due to fear of termination have grounds for a lawsuit against the County of Los Angeles?

Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
answered on Sep 26, 2023

The County had the legal right to have such a requirement, so there is nothing unlawful about requiring you to get the vaccination. The fact that the employer did not enforce its own rule is not something you can sue about. And you have not indicated that you have suffered any legally... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law and Employment Discrimination for Florida on
Q: Need an attorney familiar with the appeal process in Miami Florida

Hello,

I am looking to appeal my case that was just closed yesterday 8/15/2023. I filed pro se against my former employer for disability discrimination. My claim was dismissed for failure to state a claim with prejudice. I feel that I have all the evidence needed to prove discrimination... View More

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Aug 16, 2023

To search for an attorney who handles appeals in Miami, FL, you can try the Find a Lawyer tab at the top of this Justia page and input "appeal" in the subject field and "Miami, FL" in the location field, or you can contact the Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service - see... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law and Employment Discrimination for Texas on
Q: Do I have legal protections after administrator interfered with hiring?

I was working for contract company in a nursing home. The administrator and nursing directors of the facility sent intimidating messages through my director to me because they didn’t like my required reporting of changes in patient conditions, which I am legally, ethically, and morally obligated... View More

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jul 26, 2023

Since you were laid off, and not fired for cause, you have standing to collect unemployment benefits from your former employer. You can apply for such benefits online through the Texas Workforce Commission website and most likely will not require the services of a lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for California on
Q: I got covid, my employer gave my job away and never paid me. Today they want me to settle for $8000,Do I accept?

The Labor Commission employee, myself, HR lady, their lawyer had 2 hour meeting 12/22. For 8 months they haven't paid my vacation pay,sick pay, overtime,miles on my car,meal periods made to work,etc. Pay&penalties are $13,000 per Labor Com.office. They want me to settle today for $8000... View More

Maya L. Serkova
Maya L. Serkova
answered on Dec 26, 2022

Attorneys here will not call you just because you listed your number. You need to initiate contact.

I suggest you consult an employment law attorney who will further examine your situation and explain your options. Most employment law attorneys in California offer free-of-charge initial...
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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... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can my employer make me get Covid tested weekly even if I don’t have symptoms? I am unvacc. and only one getting tested

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Michael Zamzow
Michael Zamzow
answered on Aug 4, 2022

I don't believe there is anything suspect about this procedure, more information could tip the scales. The EEOC has published guidance on this and on mandatory vaccinations.

I would be curious to hear what an infectious disease physician would say. But from my perspective, on the...
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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... View 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 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... View 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.... View 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... View 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... View More

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... View 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... View More

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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... View 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... View More

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2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Florida on
Q: Can my employer require proof of COVID Vaccine in Florida if I have a medical condition?
Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Aug 9, 2021

Yes. However, if you have a diagnosed disability which a physician says makes you medically ineligible for the vaccine, and you are fired for not being vaccinated, you may have a potential disability discrimination claim, as well as a potential unemployment compensation claim. From what I've... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination, Employment Law and Health Care Law for New Jersey on
Q: Q: Can I as a hospital employee bring a lawsuit against the hospital for trying to mandate the Covid-19 vaccine?

According to our US Constitution, Federal and State Citied Laws, this is absolutely illegal and unlawful to require or lose your job.

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on Jun 2, 2021

It is not unlawful for your employer to mandate the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. However, your employer is obligated to consider exemption requests if they are based on medical or religious reasons.

1 Answer | Asked in Employment Law, Civil Rights and Employment Discrimination for North Carolina on
Q: Do I have the right to NOT answer the ? if I have had the covid vaccine to my employer?

I agreed to still wear a mask but was told if I don’t answer the assessment questions then I cannot work.

Can they discriminate against me for that?

Kirk Angel
Kirk Angel
answered on May 22, 2021

You do not have to answer. However, the employer can terminate you for not answering.

2 Answers | Asked in Employment Discrimination and Employment Law for Michigan on
Q: Can employers make you get Covid shot? Feeling singled out, belittled, bullied.

My daughter has had Covid, works in Mi and her and another not wanting shot at this time in their life. What are the rights protecting from being forced? Does this medical info (personal) fall under hippa being told by boss that it does not? Can I get fired for not having Covid shot? MI is at will... View More

Carrie Dyer
Carrie Dyer
answered on May 19, 2021

You are correct that Michigan is an at-will state. Her employer can mandate that she get the COVID vaccination, unless she has a medical or religious reason for not wanting to do so. If either of those apply to her, you should contact an employment law attorney in your area to discuss her rights... View 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... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Employment Discrimination for Maryland on
Q: I am being pressured by my employer to receive the Covid19 injection against my will. What is my recourse?
Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
answered on May 6, 2021

Although the EEOC has not directly answered the question, it appears vaccine mandates by employers are permissible, subject to some obligation to accommodate an employee's religious beliefs or disability (under the Americans With Disabilities Act) that precludes their vaccination. If an... View More

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