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Harold Mark Goldner

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  • Can I be evicted over an emotional support animal?

    I have an emotional support animal, which was prescribed to me by a psychologist. I have filled out her required paperwork for the animal, yet she never sent her paperwork to my therapist to have him sign. Now, 3 months later, I received a letter ...

    Harold’s Answer

    It is not clear whether this dog is actually designated a "service dog." If not, then, no, you are unprotected. However, state (and some local, but not Norristown Borough) laws prohibit discrimination against individuals because of the use of a service animal in housing. You might be able to negotiate the termination of your lease by acting proactively to discuss this with the landlord, but just moving out will likely prompt a suit and an attempt to "accelerate" your rent (i.e., charge you for the remaining rental period.

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  • I need an employment discrimination lawyer

    Did not get the position because of my ethnicy and discrimination was founded by EEOC, I need a lawyer to continue with case

    Harold’s Answer

    Typically when the EEOC finds a claim as "founded," it engages in concilation before issuing a right to sue letter. If you *have* received a right to sue letter you have only 90 days within which to file a lawsuit in court.

    Don't wait until the end of that period. Find a lawyer admitted to the PA bar who is familiar with employment law litigation as soon as possible.

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  • Mediation Settlement.

    I am currently in the process of looking to retain a Lawyer for a Federal Court Ordered Mediation.In reference to my appeals.In my employment discrimination lawsuit.United States Courts Of Appeal 3rd Circuit.

    Harold’s Answer

    I assume from your question that the matter has already been disposed of in the District Court, either via summary judgment or trial, and you are now in the Third Circuit's mediation program. The Third Circuit encompasses PA, NJ and DE, so, it would be helpful to know what state laws are involved as well as Federal laws.

    In any event, I have handled Third Circuit mediation if you want to contact me.

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  • I was "terminated" from my job, can I file a discrimination lawsuit?

    I applied for a seasonal job at a famous women's retail store. I had put on my application that I had previously been arrested and convicted of a crime as well as served prison time. I got an interview anyway. I spoke about it in the interview. I ...

    Harold’s Answer

    PA does have a Criminal Records Act which prevents employers from discrimination against APPLICANTS for information regarding criminal convictions that is not related to the position. Title VII, on the other hand, relates to discrimination against individuals based upon race, color, sex, age, religion and disability. In addition, the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act has a few other protected classifications. Finally, depending upon what municipality you are in, there may be a local ordinance prohibiting discrimination. However, based upon what scant information you have provided online, this does *not* appear to be an employment discrimination matter but rather *possibly* a Criminal Records Act violation. You should check with a PA employment lawyer to be sure.

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  • I was sexually assaulted at work. Boss isn't doing anything about it

    One of my fellow employees just came up and grabbed my crouch at work. He thought it was funny. I tried to just ignore it and forget about it but two months later i told my boss about it. He hasn't done anything about it been about two months sinc...

    Harold’s Answer

    Harassing conduct that is "severe or pervasive" is prohibited under both PA and federal anti-discrimination statutes, but you *first* have to be sure to make a complaint if your employer has a sexual harassment policy and complaint procedure, otherwise your harasser is completely off-the-hook. Waiting two months was not the best of ideas.

    I agree with my friend Chris Ezold that you should contact a PA employment lawyers as soon as possible to outline what your next steps may be.

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  • I was fired wrongly and I want to know if I want sue them for this bogus stuff?

    Okay, I was fired from mcdonalds for being an hour late, my wife is 6 months pregnant and was having spot bleeding and cramps my kid is more important than mcdonalds you know what I mean, upon them firing I was handed 4 write ups which one was bei...

    Harold’s Answer

    Wow. Impressive. 4 days on the job, and you are late or don't come in every single day? And you expect to have a cause of action for being terminated? You've GOT to be kidding me.

    Pennsylvania is an at-will state in which you can be fired for a good reason, bad reason, or no reason at all. I understand your concern over your wife's issues, but FMLA doesn't kick in until you've been somewhere for a YEAR and worked at least 1250 hours over that time period. It also doesn't matter whether you were written up once or 4 times (although 4 times during your first 4 days is impressive).

    My suggestion is not a legal one. Recognize that 90% of life is showing up. A job is not school. You don't get to bring in notes with excuses. Show up, if you've got a job, or find something else to do.

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  • Can I be fired for my sexual orientation?

    I'm a female in PA and I am gay. I know that PA is one of the many states in which you can be fired for your sexual orientation. I work for an organization who's values are Christian based. Though I do not flaunt my personal life, I do know that t...

    Harold’s Answer

    Neither Pennsylvania law nor Federal law protect individuals from discrimination in employment based upon sexual orientation (the more accurate term is "gender affinity.") Both PA and Federal law do protect individuals against sexual stereotyping, so if you're being discriminated against because you aren't "conforming" to a conventional perception of what a "woman or man" is like, then you may be protected by those laws. These cases are fairly difficult. On the other hand, a growing number of local communities are enacting local ordinances which directly prohibit discrimination in employment based upon gender affinity. Chambersburg does not, to my knowledge have such an ordinance, but Harrisburg does, Allegheny County, Erie County, Allentown, and almost two dozen townships across the state. Some local ordinances do provide for damages and awards of counsel fees. If you are uncertain as to whether the specific treatment you are experiencing may violate the law, you should see an employment lawyer BEFORE you find yourself unemployed, and decide you want to claim that the termination was related to gender affinity.

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  • Do I need an attorney?

    Hello, I resigned from my job via an email and cited the specific reasons for resigning. The reasons being that I am hearing impaired and was treated very badly because of it. I was made fun of by the team leader of my dept. which in turn was o...

    Harold’s Answer

    I echo what others have said here; however I would also caution you, since you didn't mention how long ago you resigned, that if you do decide to take action under the Americans with Disabilities Act, you will have to file a charge of discrimination within 180 days to protect all of your Federal and state rights. So, don't sit on this --- go see an employment lawyer.

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  • Isn't this illegal and shouldn't he be fired?

    Me and three other girls were sexually and verbally harassed by an older guy we work with. We gave written statements, but I don't think we officially filed a complaint. He would say things such as he likes threesome with young girls, we're really...

    Harold’s Answer

    Where severe or pervasive sexual harassment persists, and the employer is aware of such conduct, the employer is required to engage in "prompt remedial measures." Clearly they acted promptly once they were aware of your complaint. The question is whether merely transferring this individual was "remedial," or he continues to be a threat. (Just firing him isn't necessarily required by law).
    If you and your friends continue to be harassed, you should contact a PA employment lawyer who can review the facts and advise you of your available remedies.

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  • I have been harassed and discriminated for two years now assaulted by boss

    i have been harassed and discriminated at work for two years and now assaulted one man has been harassing me because i am male. i have been reporting and nothing is done they said he is there friend. he has told me to shove things up my ass. went...

    Harold’s Answer

    Harassment because of sex is prohibited by the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (if your employer employs at least 4 employees) and the Federal Civil Rights Act (if your employer has at least 15 employees). Some of the conduct you describe does not appear to be "because of sex." You should seek a Pennsylvania employment lawyer who can analyze all of the facts and properly advise you as to the best course of action. I emphasize that it be: (1) a Pennsylvania lawyer; and (2) someone who handles employment work. There are not a lot of lawyers upstate who focus on such work. In addition, note that there are limitations periods on how quickly you have to file a complaint, and the fact that you have let this slide for two years is somewhat troubling.

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