ASK THE LAWYER BY: DANIEL A. GWINN, ESQ

ASKING ABOUT PRIOR WORKER’S COMP FILINGS A NO-NO IN HIRING PROCESS QUESTION:  A few months ago, during a job interview, I was asked if I had ever filed a worker’s comp claim. I was afraid that I would be off the short list if I answered honestly (I received worker’s comp after breaking an arm at work a couple of years

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Ask The Lawyer, Is it legal to cut off my maternity leave?

PROBLEMATIC PREGNANCY LEAVES WORKER WITH NO TIME OFF QUESTION:  I had some complications with my pregnancy, and had to go on bed rest in my eighth month. My boss said I could take time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act while I was unable to work. I recently gave birth to a little girl, and asked for 12 weeks

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Ask The Lawyer, Fired for Taking sick Time?

WORKER FIRED AFTER BEING OFF WITH THE FLU. WHAT HAPPENED TO PAID LEAVE? QUESTION:  Until two weeks ago, I was an hourly worker at a Detroit warehouse. I got a really bad case of the flu, so I missed five days of work. I called in each day. I don’t have good insurance, so I didn’t see a doctor. When

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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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