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

WORKER WANTS CLOSED CAPTIONING ON TRAINING VIDEOS, DOES EMPLOYER HAVE TO PROVIDE IT? QUESTION:    I’m a professional worker with a slight disability – I am hard of hearing. Most of the time, as I interact with people one-on-one, it is not an issue, but I have a lot of trouble with anything recorded – audio or video. My employer recently

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Ask The Lawyer, CALLED TO TESTIFY AT A DEPOSITION?

CALLED TO TESTIFY AT A DEPOSITION? HERE ARE SOME SIMPLE RULES QUESTION:  A former co-worker sued our company for discrimination. Recently, I received a subpoena to testify in the mail. I have to go to a lawyer’s office in three weeks. I have no idea what this means, or what I’m supposed to do. Are there any guidelines to help

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Ask The Lawyer, SPEAK UP, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!

WORKER FAILED TO FILE CHARGE WITH EEOC? EMPLOYER BETTER SPEAK UP, BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE! QUESTION:  My employer discriminated against me because of my sex – he treated me and other women differently than men – and I filed a lawsuit against him. It’s been going on for almost a year. Last week, my former employer argued that my case

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Ask The Lawyer, IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAILS – AND EEOC WANTS MORE DETAILS ABOUT WORKERS’ PAY BY SEPTEMBER 30 QUESTION:  I heard a couple of years ago that there would be new requirements on what employers have to report to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about the race, sex and ethnicity of workers, but I haven’t heard anything recently. Is my company

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