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Meghan Hayes Slack

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  • Return from FMLA and felt threatened and harassed and HR wants a reply from me stating what happened. How do I protect myself?

    After returning to work from 3 weeks of approved FMLA I had a meeting with my supervisor that got very heated because I felt harassed and threatened & was then called down to human resources. In my absence my company rehired an employee who had p...

    Meghan’s Answer

    You should search for an employment attorney in your area to advise you. It is unclear from your post why you felt harassed and threatened upon returning from leave. These are things you should discuss with your attorney. An employer cannot discipline or fire someone for taking FMLA leave. Because of that, most employers are hesitant to terminate someone newly back from leave, but your comments about your coworker could give them an entirely separate reason to act. You can search on Avvo for an attorney in your area or contact the Massachusetts Bar Association or Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association for a referral.

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  • Can and should i take legal action for asbestos exposure?

    I was working for an employer off the books doing demolition in a warehouse he told us to remove asbestos tile he gave us masks and told us that we would be fine. I have trouble breathing and burning sensation in my lungs.

    Meghan’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Goodman. First to address your question regarding the asbestos, you should see a doctor about your symptoms. If you intend to sue the employer for harm caused by the asbestos, you will need a personal injury attorney or possibly a worker's comp attorney. Because you were paid under the table, publicizing this information could expose you to tax penalties if you did not report your income.

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  • Do I need an employment lawyer?

    My brother is 18 and his employer is withholding hisbentire 2 weeks pay because he is claiming with no proof that my brother did not submit daily payments for one day and the total amount coincidentally equals the amount of my pay. What's more str...

    Meghan’s Answer

    Generally, an employer cannot garnish an employee's wages without a court order. Even if your brother does owe his employer money, the employer cannot unilaterally decide to deduct that money from his paycheck. Your brother could file a complaint for non-payment of wages directly with the AG's office, but if he can find an attorney to assist him, he will almost certainly see a better result. He can search for an employment attorney in his area on Avvo or contact a local bar association for a referral.

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  • Overtime

    Does a Massachusetts employer have to give you time and a half if you work on Sunday's?

    Meghan’s Answer

    Generally, workers in Massachusetts are not entitled to time and a half for working on Sundays. Non-managerial retail employees are the exception and should be paid time and a half for the hours they work on Sunday.

    http://www.lawlib.state.ma.us/subject/about/employmentfaq.html

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  • Is this discrimination?

    I work for a fairly large corporation. I am a salaried manager working 50 hours per week.back in April I signed up to be on a golf league. this commitment would require me to leave work 1.5 hours sooner than my 10 hour shift. My district manager a...

    Meghan’s Answer

    It is illegal for an employer to discriminate against an employee because of the employee's race, color, sex, age (40+), ancestry, national origin, religion, education (in some cases), handicap or relationship to a person with a handicap. It is also illegal to discriminate against an employee in retaliation for the employee engaging in protected activity, such as whistleblowing activity.

    As long as your employer is not discriminating against you for an illegal reason, they are allowed to apply company policy differently to you than to other employees.

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  • Im hearing impaired my boss makes fun of me . Makes jokes of me being deaf. . In front of customers. Im so sad I dont know what

    I worked there for 1 1/2 years . He and the other manger pick fun at me constantly.

    Meghan’s Answer

    You should contact an employment attorney in your area to discuss the more specific details of your treatment at work. Disability discrimination is illegal, but can be difficult to prove.

    You can search for an attorney in you area on Avvo or contact your local bar association for a referral.

    Good luck

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  • Can my supervisor tell me that I can't smoke before my shift when i am not clocked in or on breaks?

    My supervisor told me that I can't smoke before i come into work or on my breaks. According to her i'm only allowed a 5 minute break regardless of whether i work 7 hours or 5.. On my breaks is when i usually light one up. Is this legal for her to ...

    Meghan’s Answer

    Assuming that you are an at-will employee (no employee contract or union membership), your employer is not required to give provide you with any break no matter how long your shift is.

    If you are taking your break on company property, then they can certainly prohibit you from smoking on your break.

    It sounds like your employer is concerned about you coming in smelling like cigarettes. You should know that as an at-will employee, your boss can terminate you at any time for any reason. So if you do not comply with your employer's rules, you could be fired for violating them.

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  • Can I sue my former employer for denying my unemployment benefits on false information

    My former employer appealed and denied my benefits because they stated I never worked for the company but I did and I received a w2. I have appealed it.

    Meghan’s Answer

    You need to go through the appeal process. You should strongly consider hiring an attorney to assist you.

    Claiming that you never worked for the company is an odd challenge to your claim for benefits, so I wouldn't be surprised if the reason they challenged your claim was misinterpreted or misreported to you by the unemployment office.

    You should request a copy of your personnel file and unemployment file to prepare for the hearing.

    Good luck

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  • Can my employer withhold a bonus I have earned?

    I am an independent contractor in Georgia for a company based out of Maryland. I have earned what the company has called a bonus for fulfilling the required goals set by the company. Now my employer has stated they will not reward me the bonus tha...

    Meghan’s Answer

    You can sue for breach of contract. Speak with a litigation attorney in your area about the possibility of filing a claim against the company. You can search for an attorney on Avvo.

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  • Is it illegal to put someone's business at risk?

    i have an employee that is threatening my business. is there anything that i can do?

    Meghan’s Answer

    You should hire an attorney in your area who has experience representing businesses to discuss the details of this situation. You probably should fire an employee like that, but you may want to go through some formalities to protect yourself depending on the circumstances. You can search for an employment attorney in you area on Avvo.

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