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  • Is there any way I can get my money

    I put in manual labor working for my uncle, I became frustrated after I wasn't paid and he still refuses to pay me, he owns his own business so what can I do to get my money?

    Robert’s Answer

    I don't disagree with attorney Coleman, but I would add that suing your uncle ... even where as here he may deserve to be
    sued ... You would do well to think long and hard about suing a relative. Employers will come and go, but the same is not true of relatives. I suggest you try writing a letter outlining the work that you did and the disappointment of your uncle refusing to pay you for your work. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang, employment law attorneys

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  • If our company is under 50 employees what FMLA or leave rights to I have?

    I work in MA live in CT

    Robert’s Answer

    While I do not disagree with Attorney Baker, I do note that she is a California based employment lawyer. As an employment lawyer practicing in Massachusetts as well as Connecticut, I note that while the Commonwealth does not have a comprehensive family and medical leave law, Massachusetts does have leave laws for birth, adoption, and placement, as well as a paid sick leave law, and the Small Necessities Act, which grants a small amount of leave for certain family-related activities. All that to say ...the bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Massachusetts and Connecticut / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / 774-329-3412 - rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • If I sign a severance agreement does it limit my right to a wage claim for sales commission?

    My employer has given me a severance package and I have to sign within 30 days. There is an attachment that shows a lump sum for my salary X a number of weeks that I will be paid. There is a section that says sales commission will be paid on t...

    Robert’s Answer

    In order to properly review your situation, at a minimum, a copy of the severance agreement and whatever written work rules you may have received would be a good start. As well, under CT law you have a right to receive a copy of your entire personnel file. Attorneys Baker, Zelizer and Brown - all out-of-state attorneys have each provided you with their opinions. If you wish to obtain an opinion from lawyers licensed to practice here in Connecticut, you have come to the correct forum as thre is none better than AVVO. Having said as much, the bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • Re: Unemployment. Worked in FL for 10 weeks total. Returned to my home in CT. Can I file claim in CT?

    Worked in FL for 2 weeks in Q4 2014. Previously worked in MD for Q1, Q2, Q3 2014. Worked in Maryland and PA for Q4, Q3 2013.

    Robert’s Answer

    Although you did not work in Connecticut, I would nevertheless start with a telephone call to the CT DOL, Employment Security Division to ask for assistance in the filing of an "Interstate claim". You can reach them by mail: Interstate Claims Unit, CONNECTICUT DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, P.O. BOX 5013, HARTFORD, CT 06102-5013. Having said as much, the bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • I was offered a job at Radiology Company. They e-mailed me the background check and I filled it out. They mentioned drug test it

    but that was it. 2/6 they sent me a packet with info including that I needed to take drug test 3 calendar days to take test. Paperwork dated 2/6 but sent to me on 2/10 and arrived 2/13 - Company recinded job saying I was late 4 drug test. I schedu...

    Robert’s Answer

    From what you have described, this prospective employer did you the best favor you could have ever received - they showed you in no uncertain terms who they are ...and they are not an employer you would want to work for. I suggest that you turn-the-page on this job opportunity. Having said as much, the bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • What are my rights to retain my own attorney to get fed contract owed past wages from my employer while labor dept is trying to

    this involves federal contract service work and prevailing wage law ,currently the state labor dept is working on it and trying to get 2.5 years of past owed wages , no result yet . can I get all of the 7-8 years of owed wages if I retain my o...

    Robert’s Answer

    From what you have described it looks like you have filed your claim with US DOL. The applicable statute of limitations is 3 years. What that means is of those 7-8 years you would like to go back, you may only go back a max of 3 and in this instance, for reasons known only to the US DOL, they have elected to go back 2.5. While you certainly may stay the course with the US DOL, had you elected private legal counsel, and filed suit in court and prevailed, your attorney could, under CT law, make application with the court for the payment of your attorney fees by the defendant employer. What's more, under CT law, you could (not automatic) receive as much as double damages, attorney fees and court costs. Having said as much, the bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • Can someone who states they have a restraining order against me contact my employer and discuss this ?

    My half brothers father called myemployer to tell them I can not contact my brothers and that there is a restraining order. I am 19 and have not been notified of any orders. I have two issues. 1. Is it legal for him to contact my employer and d...

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree in large part with Attorney Slater and would add that you have come to the right website as AVVO is an excellent place for you to search for local counsel. Having said as much, what you describe bottom lines in being a family dispute, even where as here, the caller to your employer is the father of your half-brothers. Where family is involved …even family where you have a distant and strained relationship, it’s always best to avoid the courts if at all possible. As for the existence of a restraining order, you would have been served if it were for real. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / 774-329-3412 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • Two officers wound liable for civil rights violations and excessive force. do i have case against their employer bills and more.

    i was beaten by two officers of the norwcih police department , i acquired a lot of medical bills . i suffer anxiety , , emotional distress , broken hip and jaw. i went to trial and won a verdict of excessive force , now i did not see the city and...

    Robert’s Answer

    I fully concur with Attorneys Rafter and Lassen - call your lawyer to review these concerns. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • A co-worker got me fired and is now telling everyone why and how she was the one to get me fired. What can I do?

    I worked for a hospital.

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree in large part with Attorney Baker and would add that you have come to the right website as AVVO is an excellent place for you to search for local counsel. Having said as much, if there are additional facts that you have not disclosed which in your view may meet the criteria advanced by Attorney Baker, I would invite you to send it along for review. The bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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  • Filed complaint with Ct ERCO. I have case hearing scheduled need attorney

    Filed for age discrimination and race with retaliation. Got letter from ERCO that hearing for determination my case has merit. I need an attorney.

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree in large part with Attorney Sabatini and would add that you have come to the right website as AVVO is an excellent place for you to search for local counsel. Having said as much, the bottom line from my perspective is that it's always wise to invest time in an effort to learn your rights so that you may become an "informed" consumer of legal service. Good luck and best regards, Rob Fortgang - Employment Law Attorneys serving Connecticut and Massachusetts / 800-932-6457 / 860-658-1055 / 413-658-8500 / rob@fortgangemploymentlaw.com

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