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  • Am I being discriminated against?

    I'm a manager who supervises staff both in state and out with over 20 years experience. Recently my employer hired several employees to work a temporary, 3 months term, positions. The employees were part of the outgoing company and we retained the...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, paying younger, less experienced employees more than older, more experienced employees can indicate age discrimination; however, you'd need to prove more than the mere discrepancy in pay. Your better avenue is likely making your boss want to keep YOU happy so YOU don't leave. Regardless of whether you have a claim, you should start looking for another job; if you find one, you can use it as leverage to get paid more - and if you don't want to work where you are now due to the bad management, then you will have the option to leave. Speak with an employment attorney if you want to determine whether you have a case of employment discrimination.

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  • Procedure for filing for discovery

    Someone sent anonymous derogatory emails to my friends about me. To find the identity of this person I asked a lawyer to issue a subpoena to the ISP. The lawyer said that the court would not issue a subpoena unless I first filed a lawsuit. Is that...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, yes, you have to start a legal action in order to have the discovery powers of the courts, including a subpoena. If your friends do not believe the emails, then you have no claim of defamation (attempting to defame someone unsuccessfully doesn't give rise to a cause of action), so you may find that as frustrating as the emails are, they aren't worth the time to go through the legal process.

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  • Im an indepedent musician, a registered with ascap. im about to register as a publisher, start an LLC or register using my SSN?

    im about to register as a publisher, however legally, would it be better for me to start an LLC for my publishing and use the tax id given to me instead of my SSN? i want to make sure my personal assets are protected, so im thinking i should. i wa...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, you are asking questions that require complicated tax, corporate and entertainment law analyses. Avvo isn't a good forum for these kinds of questions; too much information is needed. You should speak with an entertainment attorney to determine how to proceed.

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  • I signed a non compete agreement under duress.

    I would like to move on with a different company, I'm concerned about the non compete agreement

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, noncompetition agreements are more complex than simple contracts; they must be related to employment, protect a legitimate business interest other than 'my employee will compete with me,' and be reasonably limited in time, geography and scope of the work limited. They have been disfavored in the law in PA, but that is changing. Many of the ones I've reviewed have not been enforceable, but 'duress' is rarely a good defense here. Legal duress in a contract situation is different that the kind of duress that makes people sign these agreements - it is a high bar, such as having a gun to your head. That doesn't mean the agreement is enforceable, however - you should have an attorney review the agreement to determine how to proceed.

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  • Can a state university prevent a man from coming on campus and/or work if accused of sexual harassment with no proof.

    A man was accused of taking inappropriate pics of an 18 year old girl, the girl had no proof, but had one witness who also had no proof. This happened at work, they worked as painters at the university. The girl was a student and was therefore a s...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, yes, the university does not have to have clear, objective proof to not renew a contract, or to forbid someone from coming back to the university's property. The university can decide it believes the word of the two witnesses.

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  • Should i sue the animal hospital

    My cat was shot by a stray bullet that came through the window of my home. which would of killed my 3year old son if he was not laying where he was at that moment the bullet landed inches away from my sons head. I took him (the cat)to an emergency...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, you should speak to an attorney who has experience in privacy and defamation law ASAP. Your public outreach may have exposed you to public comment, but if false or misleading statements or posts were made by third parties, then you may have a claim. Defamation claims have a one-years statute of limitations in PA, and the reality is that to resolve them you need to move even faster than that. Speak to an attorney now if you wish to pursue this matter.

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  • I work on a farm and my employer makes me work 12 days on and 2 days off and 12 days on and 2 off. Is that legal?

    I work on a farm and my employer requires me to work 12 days straight and 2 days off and 12 on and 2 off. I get no overtime pay. Its all straight pay. Is that legal?

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, certain workers engaged in agricultural/farm work do not have a legal right to overtime - but that is a fact question you should discuss with an employment attorney, as this is not true for all workers whose work relates to a farm/agriculture. Furthermore, the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, and other laws, protect certain rights of agricultural workers. You should speak with an attorney familiar with these laws to determine your rights.

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  • Receiving compensation in a civil suit as a victim

    I was attacked buy more than one person hospitalized I want to know what is necessary what's the criteria for a civil suit once they are proven guilty

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, you appear to have a claim for assault and battery, and possibly more, with damages equaling your medical bills, lost wages, and compensatory damages for pain and suffering and any other damages that flow from the attack. Do not wait until the criminal process is completed, speak with a personal injury attorney ASAP, as you will likely want to begin the process now.

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  • Wrongful judgment

    I was in a relationship with a contractor and I put out flyers and set appointment s for him one of his customers sued him for breach of contract and added my name I did not sign a contract with them and I moved to az right after he got job I did ...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, if you were not served with the legal papers, you can likely get the judgment opened. You should speak with an attorney in the court's jurisdiction immediately.

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  • My brother is in a rehab facility after a stroke. My sister is disrupting the staff/therapy. Possible to get her banned?

    My brother has no movement with his left leg and arm because of the stroke My sister is sitting in on his therapy and advising the staff. She is ordering the staff to stop helping him and telling the staff that she will be doing the exercises in...

    Christopher’s Answer

    Before I respond to your inquiry, I must state that we have not spoken, I have not reviewed the relevant documents and facts, and I do not represent you. Therefore, my discussion below is not a legal opinion, but is informational only. Finally, my discussion applies only to issues to which Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or Federal law applies, unless otherwise specified.

    That being said, is your brother alert and able to make decisions for himself? If so, your medical power of attorney is not applicable; he will make his own decisions. You can recommend that he ban your sister, but you cannot force it (although the facility can undertake to do so). If your brother cannot make decisions for himself, then, depending on the terms of the POA, you can direct that she not be allowed to visit. You may find that court action will be necessary; an guardianship/elder law attorney will be able to assist you.

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