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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

TALK ABOUT STRIP-CLUB VISITS DISTRESSES FEMALE WORKER QUESTION: I’m one of only a few female workers in an office of mostly guys. A couple of men who sit near me often talk about women in what I feel is a demeaning way, focusing on their assessment of a woman’s appearance. A while back, they were laughing loudly as they discussed

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Ask The Lawyer, Inappropriate Work Place Language

TALK ABOUT STRIP-CLUB VISITS DISTRESSES FEMALE WORKER QUESTION: I’m one of only a few female workers in an office of mostly guys. A couple of men who sit near me often talk about women in what I feel is a demeaning way, focusing on their assessment of a woman’s appearance. A while back, they were laughing loudly as they discussed

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Ask The Lawyer, Work Late For Free?

WORK LATE FOR FREE? MANAGER’S REQUEST MAY BE ILLEGAL QUESTION: I manage a small restaurant. A guy who works in the kitchen made a huge mess last week when he took out the trash. There was a leak in the trash bag: He left a trail of stinky slime from the kitchen down a hallway, past the bathrooms and out

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BLOW THE WHISTLE TO BE A WHISTLEBLOWER QUESTION: I work for a business that is closely monitored by the government. One of our employees reported suspected violations of regulations to the government agency overseeing our work. There was an investigation into her allegations – and I was asked to participate. I believe that my statements to

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Ask The Lawyer, By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

NO PALATIAL ESTATE? YOU STILL NEED AN ESTATE PLAN QUESTION: My wife and I have about $200,00 in savings and investments, plus we are very close to owning our $160,000 ranch house. My wife says we need an estate plan; I say we don’t own enough to need to worry about it. Who’s right? ANSWER: Webster’s dictionary lists several definitions

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

TIT FOR TAT? WORKER’S REFUSAL TO COVER TATTOO COSTS HIM HIS JOB QUESTION: I work at a large retailer. Several weeks ago, I got a tattoo of the Virgin of Guadeloupe on my forearm. She is the patron saint of Mexico; I wanted to show my solidarity with the many Mexicans (and others) being deported. My boss told me to cover

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Ask The Lawyer, TAKE THIS JOB AND SHOVE IT?

OK, BUT EXPECT A CHALLENGE TO UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIM. QUESTION: Until last January, a co-worker and I were responsible for writing, editing and layout of several newsletters for different companies. In February, my co-worker, who had been heroically battling cancer, passed away. In the weeks that followed, I continued doing the work we had formerly shared. My hours escalated, but my manager

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Ask The Lawyer By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

ONE EMPLOYER, TWO LOCATIONS – DOES OVERTIME APPLY? QUESTION: I work part-time at two different medical clinics, in different towns. One of them is owned and operated by two doctors, who also own the company that manages both medical clinics – does payroll, sets hours, and pays benefits – although the doctors don’t actually own the second clinic. Between the two

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