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Samuel John Cordes

Pittsburgh Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. Do I have a case against my ex employer? I got recruited to work as a car salesman and work for the dealership for 2 months.

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Samuel John Cordes
    1 lawyer answer

    Your case would be controlled by the Pennsylvania Wage Payment & Collection Law. That law requires that compensation be paid when it is owed. Whether it is owed or not depends on the agreement betwen the parties. Here, you and the employer agreed that if you sold 40 cars, you would receive the $8k bonus. You did not, and so you are not owed the money. The next question then is whether there is a claim in Pennsylvania for discharge to prevent payment of wages that would be due, if the employment...

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  2. Do we have a case of discrimination

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Edward Clement Sweeney
    2. Samuel John Cordes
    3. Raymond Karl Schultz
    3 lawyer answers

    Unfortunately, the Pennsylvania statute precluding consideration of a criminal record ONLY applies to failure to hire decisions, NOT discharge decisions. The statute has been interpreted by courts to means that employers are precluded from refusing to hire based on criminal record unless they show the criminal conviction is job related. On the facts that you outlined, you would have no case, unless the employer treated criminal convictions differently based on race, sex, age, disability, or...

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  3. How do I go about a check being cashed from a job that bounced

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Samuel John Cordes
    2. Karen Elizabeth Eichman
    2 lawyer answers

    Your claim would be governed by the Pennsylvania Wage Payment & Collection Law. If you have earned the pay, it must be paid to you by the next regular payday. If the check bounced, then it was not "paid to you" and you could sue the employer not only for the money it should have paid you, but also for a 25% penalty, as well as attorney fees and costs.

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  4. Am I entitled to my husband's employment discrimination lawsuit settlement?

    Answered about 1 month ago.

    1. Kathryn L. Hilbush
    2. Susan Ellen Grosh
    3. Samuel John Cordes
    3 lawyer answers

    Lawsuit proceeds are property, so if the property was acquired during the marrage, it may be subjected to equitible distribution. So it seems as if the question is going to be whether the injury caused by the discriminatory discharge occurred during the marriage. You say you are separated. When was spouse discharged? If it was after separation, the answer is no you are not entitled to share in the proceeds of the lawsuit.

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