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Clare Michaud

Atlanta Government Attorney.

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  1. Can I be denied employment if my case was "dead docket"

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Clare Michaud
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    Georgia is an "at will" employment state. This means that employers can deny you employment or fire you for any reason that does not violate state or federal law (such as firing you based on your race, gender or religion). Because of this, employers can choose not to hire you based on a background check. Because background checks are very common, I would suggest getting a copy of your criminal record so that you know exactly what employers will see. Having a copy of your record will allow you...

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  2. I took a break which is 30 minutes. I took 52 minu tes not intentionaly but long story short, I was written up on a CA correctiv

    Answered over 3 years ago.

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    2. Charles Joseph Michael Candiano
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    Georgia is an "at will" employment state. This means that an employer can fire you for almost any reason (or no reason at all) as long as the employer doesn't fire you because of a "protected characteristic". Examples of protected characteristics are race, age, gender and disability. From what you have posted, it doesn't appear that your employer is targeting you because of a protected characteristic. However, if you feel that your employer is targeting you in this way, you should contact a...

  3. Can I sue manager for personal discrimination or harrassment? If so, what can I gain from that?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Clare Michaud
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    To be actionable in a lawsuit, the manager's discrimination and harassment would have to be based on your race or gender or another "protected characteristic" such as your religion. It takes a lot to raise annoying or obnoxious behavior to the level of discrimination or harassment. If you feel that you are being discriminated against based on a protected characteristic, you should immediately inform your employer. You should provide your employer with as much detail as possible including...

  4. How long does an employer have to file an appeal once the decision was made by the state

    Answered almost 4 years ago.

    1. Clare Michaud
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    Are you referring to unemployment benefits through the Department of Labor? If so, you're employer has missed the deadline for appealing and you should bring that to the attention of your case worker. While this should stop the appeal, the Department of Labor is sometimes lax with its deadlines. Be aware that until a final decision is reached, if the Department of Labor reverses it's decision to grant you benefits, you will be required to pay any benefits received back to the Department of Labor.

  5. Can i collect unemployment if i quit due to hostile work environement?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

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    In regards to your hostile work environment question, the term "hostile work environment" is often misunderstood. While your situation sounds very unpleasant and frustrating, it most likely does not rise to the level of a hostile work environment as defined by the law. For you to have a hostile work environment claim, the mistreatment of you must be based on a protected characteristic such as your race, gender or religion. There are other requirements of such a claim as well but the threshold...