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John Bassett Trawick

Pensacola Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. I would like to know if a Union employee can be terminated without just cause in the state of Florida?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John Bassett Trawick
    1 lawyer answer

    Civil Service employees are generally not employed "at will," meaning that unlike in the private sector, such employees can only be terminated for specific, defined events, which are usually included in the definition of "cause." If "cause" in this case is limited to only a conviction, then I wouldn't think that a "nolle pros," by itself (which is a dismissal of the charges), would be a sufficient basis for a termination. Look closely at the language defining "cause."

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  2. How long can an employer withhold earned sales commission once fired?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. John Bassett Trawick
    1 lawyer answer

    In Florida, if an employer fails to pay commissions to an employee, that employee may sue the employer and if he wins, the employee not only get awarded the commission he was owed, but the employer also has to reimburse the employee for all of his attorney's fees. Generally, an employer is required to remit earned commissions to an employee within a reasonable time, consistent with the employer's regular business practice. Six months seems like an unreasonable amount of time. Sometimes an...