My colleagues are correct that you are now on file in the criminal justice system. Depending on the type of background check your potential employer conducts, this could show up. You need to check with your criminal attorney to make sure just what it was you pleaded guilty to so that ou can answer the question accurately. A false answer to an application question can always be grounds for termination.
The statute of limitations for cases such as this is two years from the date a reasonable person would realize that he had been the victim of malpractice. The fact that the dentist closed his office should not be much of an impdiment to suit since the Board of Dental Examiners keeps current addresses on file. The bigger question is whether he has malpractice insurance.
Contact the bar's disciplinary committee immediately. This behavior is unexcusable. Second, demand your file from her and take it elsewhere for a second opinion to determine whether this attorney committed malpractice. (Always bear in mind that a an ethical breach, by itself, does not ordinarily amount to malpractice.) Be prepared to pay for this review. I am not licensed in Illinois and my comments should not be taken as legal advice.
As my colleague points out, there are a couple of statutes you need to concern yourself with that are particular to the health industry. Depending on whether these people are, in fact, professionals as the law defines it, you may also have a concern under the FLSA (where titles don't matter). A lurking concern is this, though: Are you encouraging your doctors to give patients short shrift when "seeing patients" is more important than treating them? If that is the impression you leave, you could...
You need to make two investments. First, make an investment of time and thought to put together a detailed account of what happened and when, specifying who was involved by name and title. Preferably, you should put this together in chronological order. You will need this to organize your thoughts both for your meeting with an attorney and to refresh your recollection during any resulting case. Second, invest in a consultation with an experienced employment lawyer. Especially since your case is...
My colleagues have provided useful responses to this question, but let me add a little more insight. A big part of a decision to take a case is the impression a potential client makes and my assessment of how that will play in front of a jury. For example, if the potential client has face tats and visible piercings, I can almost guarantee that I won't take the case, no matter how strong the facts are, because most jurors will be turned off. My feel for how the client and I will get along for...
Anybody with enough money for the filing fee can sue. The question is whether he can enforce this "agreement." Based strictly on what you post, this does not appear to be an enforceable agreement. I suggest you invest in a consultation with an experienced employment lawyer before taking any steps. Good luck.
As a general rule, if you have a green card, you have the right to stay here and work anywhere that will employ you. Having said that, it would be well worth your time to consult with an experienced employment lawyer to see just what your contract says because even if the company can't get you deported, there may be a clause in your contract that could cause you difficulty. Many attorneys, myself included, will review documents sent via email and engage in a phone consult, payable via credit card.
In general, yes, so long as the negative feedback is truthful. A prudent employer will limit information on a former employee to beginning and end dates, position held and, often, salary, but there is no legal requirement limiting them to that scant information.
Based on the limited information you supplied, you may have a claim under the Fair Housing Act and possible under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination. I suggest you invest in a consultation with an attorney who is experienced in discrimination claims. An employment lawyer may be your best bet because most claims of discrimination arise in the employment setting. Good luck.