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Leslie A Farber

Leslie Farber’s Answers

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  • Can I sue my past employer, a doctor, for slander and defamation of character in New Jersey

    the doctor I was working for, hired my brother to do some contractor work on the building without permits, when the city caught him they put a stop to all construction, the doctor got upset and fired me over the phone on my day off using the excus...

    Leslie’s Answer

    It is possible, but we would have to speak in person confidentially to know more. You also may have grounds to appeal any denial of unemployment benefits, but there is a very limited time in which to appeal a denial of unemployment benefits.
    Feel free to contact my office.

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  • Do I ignore attorney bills, or be proactive and file for fee arbitration? how do I do that in New Jersey and do I need a lawyer?

    my attorney thinks she is entitled to additional (hourly, retainer) fees, although they were not spelled out in the contingency contract. I have asked my current lawyer to send a letter detailing that I will not pay the fees and 10 reasons why, in...

    Leslie’s Answer

    Don't ignore it. If you cannot work out a solution with your current attorney, you can seek fee arbitration with a local fee arbitration committee in your county. This is a very cost way of getting both side heard and the attorney will have to justify his or her fees before a panel of attorneys and non-attorneys.

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  • My employer lied to unemployment

    I have to file an appeal suppose they lie again

    Leslie’s Answer

    Unfortunately, you can't physically prevent someone from lying, in the appeal hearing (Appeals Tribunal), you can present your side of the story and present any evidence (such as documents and witnesses) that contradicts the employer's version of events.
    Note: The contents of this electronic message are intended for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice or opinion in any specific facts or circumstances.

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  • What do I do with my neighbors and the noise problem?

    Our 2nd fl. neighbors (2 bd. apt. with 4 ads., 1 t., and 3 kids) are being super loud. Our kitchen area fl. and window vibrates whenever they play their music (radio). Those kids run all the time, whether it's at 7 am (their earliest time) until 1...

    Leslie’s Answer

    Best to file a complaint with the police department. Also check the city noise ordinance. Most towns in Jersey limit ordinary noise from 7 or 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

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  • Injured at work by student. Do I have a case?

    Did physical therapy their doctor released me now pain is back again. Job not paying for days out.

    Leslie’s Answer

    You need to contact the insurance company for your employer and tell them pain ask if you ca go back to this doctor or another doctor. You only can go to doctors they say you can and only for treatment they allow. Otherwise, you may be stuck paying for the doctor's bill out of your own pocket. If they refuse to permit more medical treatment, you should contact an attorney who practices workers compensation law. The workers compensation insurance company should be paying you Temporary Disability Benefits (TDB) while you are out for a work-related injury until you reach a point where further medical treatment won't help you anymore. TDB usually is 70% of your salary (up to a certain maximum amount per week).

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  • Once a real estate contract is signed is there a grace period of 3 days to cancel the contract?

    once a real estate contract is signed is there a grace period of 3 days to cancel the contract? does this include only business days?

    Leslie’s Answer

    New Jersey mandates a 3-day right of attorney review. This is to give you time to consult an attorney who can review the contract and assist you in canceling or amending the contract to your satisfaction.

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  • Recorded phone conversation

    i recorded my conversation with my supervisor she was explaining to me my approved accommodation. our head person want to act as if the conversation never happened. i am filing a greivance can i use the recording to show we spoke on the matter i l...

    Leslie’s Answer

    New Jersey does not prohibit a person involved in a conversation from recording that conversation. However, since you used the word "grievance," I suspect you are in a union and subject to a collective bargaining agreement. You would need to see that evidence is permitted to prove a grievance and consult your union rep.

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  • Slip and Fall "off teh clock" on employers property

    I fell in the parking lot of my job moments after i clocked out and sprained my ankle. My job says I was off the clock so workman comp is denying it and that I must pay my own medical expenses. What are my options. I am confussed because orgina...

    Leslie’s Answer

    The answer might depend on whether the parking lot is provided by the employer that you were required to park in. If that is the case, even if you were "off the clock," you might be entitled to workers compensation benefits, regardless of what they told you.
    If not, you might be able to sue the owner of the parking lot if someone's negligence caused your accident.
    We would need to know more.

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  • If my employer accuses both myself and another same sex employee as having a gay relationship because we go to lunch together is

    construction working environment. owner of the company making the statement.

    Leslie’s Answer

    If the employer stated this to other employees, there might be a question of slander. However, what once was considered a stigma to be considered gay, might not be the case anymore.
    Concerning employment law, if this accusation, perhaps combined with other employer behavior create a "hostile work environment" under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, due to actual or perceived sexual orientation, you might have a basis for a lawsuit or complaint with the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. We would need to know more details to make a better evaluation.

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  • Security Deposit

    What are my rights if my landlord collected 2 1/2 months security deposit from me when the NJ 46:8-19(c)(3).clearly states that according to this security deposit law she can only charge me up to 1 1/2 months security. Can I use that difference t...

    Leslie’s Answer

    Assuming you are talking about residential property and not commercial property, yes, 1.5 times monthly rent is the maximum security deposit permitted. The landlord also is required to notify you of the name of the bank where your security is on deposit and to pay you interest on the deposit held each year. Assuming she overcharged you with excess security deposit, you probably can demand that the excess amount be applied towards current or future rent. If she failed to follow any of the other rules regarding security deposits, you may be able to demand that she apply the entire amount of the security deposit towards rent. However, I would have to know more details.

    Disclaimer: No attorney-client relationship has been established in this message and nothing contained in this message can be considered as legal advice. You should retain a properly licensed attorney in your area.

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