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  • What should I do if I was discriminated at a Starbucks and refused help because im Black.They want to offer me gift card?

    I do not feel that is Acceptable. I was only black woman. Customers apologize for the employee actions.

    Edward’s Answer

    Without more facts, it sounds like you suffered humiliation but your damages are low. Now a jury could give you more, but ultimately the issue is an economic one: how much should they pay? I think most discrimination lawyers would feel it was hard to make a significant amount of money unless there was a bigger case, like multiple instances of discrimination by the same company. Do you have the names and phone numbers of witnesses? Do you know of other blacks at same store who were treated the same way? Those things really add to the case? Starbucks seems to be a progressive company so I am not sure you'll convince the jury to give you alot of money because you got one bad experience. A gift card of $50 would be an insult. Its all a matter of good judgment as it is impossible to set a price on your humiliation. Perhaps a $300-500 one would be something you should contemplate. I don't think this case would be worth more than $2,000-3,000 generally unless there were witnesses who would testify or you had repeat instances and the company would fight the lawyer for a long time because of a one-and-done snubbing because its really hard to put a number on things where the damage is subjective..

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  • My company Separated from me because disability was denied, now 2 months later appeal was approved, I had no unapproved absences

    I had a surgery 7/29/14 which led to a sequences of health crisis. I had no unapproved absences, but my FMLA exhausted in 11/14. I was put on new medicine on 3/9/15, to be increased one pill per week until 4 per week or 200 mg on 3/30/15. On 3/...

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    You may be able to try theories under the Americans with Disabilities Act given 2009 amendments. Questions would include whether you asked for accommodation or not? There is a surprisingly liberal definition of a request for accommodation in this federal jurisdiction so you could have something. Also, does company policy say they have to keep you if your disability was approved?

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  • Do I need an attorney for mediation against my employer for sexual harassment and retaliation charges?

    I have filed sexual harassment and retaliation charges against my employer after three full months of relentless retaliation by my employer for complaining to management about my immediate supervisors disgustingly disturbing behavior and verbal se...

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    Yes. of course. Sounds like a decent case.

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  • What should i do?

    I think there is either bone fragments or teeth fragments in the peanut butter i just ate

    Edward’s Answer

    Were you hurt? If not, no harm, no foul other than a de mininimus case where you might get a small settlement but most companies will want proof. Never hand it over. Take pictures. You might find if you hand it over it never reappears.

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  • Can an Employer LTD carrier place a claimant under investigation after being denied benefits?

    I was receiving LTD benefits under my former employer's LTD carrier. After 24 months I was denied under the Mental/Nervous Condition Exclusion. I requested all records & copies. I had a few conversations with a supervisor of claims examiners & I c...

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    In my view probably yes. An insurer can investigate if it gets new information that somehow you don't meet the policy language. It sounds like you complained about many things and gave them ammunition to research possible ways to get out from under. They are not your friends, but look for ways aggressively to avoid paying. That is why you hire a lawyer because a lawyer would focus on legal issues. It is impossible from your recitation of the facts to determine whether you can get beyond the 24 month limitation. I have seen situations where insurer tries to pigeonhole into mental health limitation something which has a physical origin.

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  • What do you do when you feel like you have been wrongfully fired from a job? Is there anything my mother can do??

    My mother had worked for this company for about 8 years, the company has had about 5 different managers in the last 6, & never once did she a problem. Since about the beginning of last year, a new manager was placed & has fired everyone who has wo...

    Edward’s Answer

    Although located in Lionville, our firm does lots of federal eastern district of PA employment law work. There may be something hear based on age or disability laws but I would need to know much more.

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  • What are my rights in this situation? It feels like retaliation.

    2 weeks ago I broke my toe at work & started a workers comp claim. I have orthopedic dr appt on Mon, 6/1. Have concerns about the company paying my medical bills. I haven't been able to work since the incident. On Thurs 5/28, I received a call fro...

    Edward’s Answer

    I have filed worker's compensation retaliation cases before. Yours depends on how legitimate it was for you to be laid off. More facts are necessary, and they should be done in private where the attorney-client privilege applies.

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  • If a girl I did not get along with smashed a base ball bat through my car several months ago can I still press charges?

    This girl I do not get along with texted me on Christmas Day while I was at work and when I came out I saw her at my car with a bat. I ran to my car and she left with her friend. my parents then woke up on Christmas morning 12/25/14 around 3-4 am ...

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    Yes, you can. Will they bring a case? I would imagine they would also have questions of you. Sometimes I find that there is a reason why victim delayed that still makes it awkward for the victim to pursue a claim. For instance, how did you report it to your insurance company? (don't answer -- not prudent in public -- take this to a lawyer if you have questions as there may be more here than meets the eye and you may be asking the wrong question)

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  • I started making payments after receiving a civil action hearing, do I still need to appear in court?

    I know it was my fault for not paying the debt and called the credit card company. I've started setting up payment plans as of today. They said I'll be sent paperwork to fill out and send back to them. Though do I still need to go to the default h...

    Edward’s Answer

    Yes. You do. You better get your deal in writing and get them to withdraw the legal paperwork. They are probably not giving you a direct answer as they want the default so you would be even in a weaker position. Its a shame. Its what they do.

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  • Relocation package dispute by Employer

    I joined Philly, PA based company, which promised me bigger and better role but after working with them 5 weeks, I realized that role was much junior and does not fit to profile. I resigned from company. They provided my 5 weeks of accommodation ...

    Edward’s Answer

    You should call an attorney immediately. You need wise counsel.

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