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Mark A. Sereni

Media Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. Once an offer is made, may an employer rescind it based on HR's conversation with a former employer?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark A. Sereni
    2. Terence Sean McGraw
    3. Christine C McCall
    3 lawyer answers

    As a general rule, Pennsylvania law does not prohibit a former employer from communicating to a prospective employer true assertions of fact concerning a former employee. An exception to this general rule involves the former employer's communicating information that the law regards to be confidential (for example, the former employer breaks a confidentiality agreement with the former employee) or private (for example, the former employer relays private health information such as HIV status)...

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  2. Employer Background check

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark A. Sereni
    1 lawyer answer

    I assume you are referring to merely a Pennsylvania juvenile charge for which you were not prosecuted as an adult. If so, then no, a criminal history check that is performed lawfully should not disclose that type of charge. As a double-check, you can obtain your criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police. Go to its website at www.psp.state.pa.us, click on "Public Services", then go to "Criminal History Request." Good luck.

  3. Can I sue my employer for not doing anything to keep me from being harassed at work in Pennsylvania?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Mark A. Sereni
    2. Christine C McCall
    2 lawyer answers

    If your fellow employee is targeting you for harassment for an unlawfully discriminatory reason (such as your race, sex, religion, etc.) and you have reported that to your employer, the law requires your employer to promptly investigate and take reasonable action to stop the harassment. Assuming the above, if you did not make the report to your employer in writing, you should immediately confirm it in writing; that will give you better protection against retaliation by your employer. Under...

  4. Is my girlfreind being treated fairly according to pennsylvania laws.

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Mark A. Sereni
    3. Christine C McCall
    3 lawyer answers

    If your girlfriend's employer is paying her a lower hourly rate than that of identical employees based upon an unlawful consideration (such as her sex, race, religion, national origin, disability, etc.), then the employer would appear to be violating the law. What is the employer's claimed reason why it is paying your girlfriend less? What does your girlfriend believe is the true reason?

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