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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ASK THE LAWYER, SAME JOB, DIFFERENT WAGES BY: DANIEL A. GWINN, ESQ.

QUESTION:  A co-worker and I both worked as Assistant Managers for a business. The Manager had a drinking problem, so we had to do his work on top of our own. When the manager was finally fired, my co-worker and I suggested that instead of hiring a new manager, we could split the managerial duties (for a bump in pay)

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Ask The Lawyer, Paid Time Off? By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

DOES NEW PAID TIME OFF LAW INCREASE WORKER’S PTO HOURS? QUESTION: I had earned 40 hours of Paid Time Off, which I could use for vacation time, sick time, or personal time, under my employer’s policy. In March, we were told that our PTO was being converted into Paid Medical Time to meet the requirements of a new law. Before

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Ask The Lawyer, He’s suing us, claiming we violated his rights.

LIFTING REQUIREMENT IN JOB DESCRIPTION MAY NEED TO BE MODIFIED QUESTION: The job description for a worker in the warehouse section of our business states he or she must be able to lift 40 pounds. However, we encourage workers to avoid lifting more than 30 pounds, if possible, and provide equipment to help workers lift anything really heavy. One of

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Ask The Lawyer, “No Toke?” By: Daniel A. Gwinn, Esq.

BLUNT ADVICE TO WORKER: DITCH THE WEED; EMPLOYER’S POLICY IS ‘NO TOKE’.’ QUESTION: After a minor accident at work, one of my co-workers had to take a drug test – it’s company policy whenever there’s an accident. He tested positive for marijuana, and was fired. He said he wasn’t under the influence, but our supervisor said that didn’t matter. Since

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

DOGGING IT? WORKER CLAIMS PET RETRIEVER IS NEEDED AT WORK FOR ‘EMOTIONAL SUPPORT.’ QUESTION: I’m a manager at an engineering firm. Recently, one of our employees showed up at work with his dog, Samson, a large golden retriever, claiming the dog is his “emotional support” animal, and he is allowed by law to have him in the workplace. He produced

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Ask the Lawyer, JOINTLY LIABLE?

JOINTLY LIABLE? DEPARTMENT OF LABOR PROPOSES NEW ‘JOINT EMPLOYER’ TEST QUESTION: I am a manager at a business that regularly hires workers through a staffing agency to work on projects, alongside our direct employees. One of the staffing agency workers recently sued the staffing agency – and our company – for violating overtime laws. While we supervise the staffing agency

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Ask The Lawyer, WAS BOSS RIGHT TO FIRE HER?

SEPARATION ANXIETY KEEPS NEW MOM AT HOME – WAS BOSS RIGHT TO FIRE HER? QUESTION:  When my baby was born last year, I took 12 weeks of leave to bond with her. When it was time to return to work, I found I could not bear to be away from my little girl for more than a few hours: The

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