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  • Florida Unemployment Compensation

    I was laid off two months ago, and filed for unemployment. It has been approved, but I am yet to receive any funds. Is this normal? Is there anything more that I should be doing?

    Arthur’s Answer

    You need to be submitting your claims on a weekly basis. If you are not, this may explain why you are not receiving benefits. Hope this helps.

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  • Florida is a right to work state?

    I worked for an employer for about 4 months while I was pregnant. By the fourth month of being there I was having problems with my pregnancy and the work environment was not helping. The people I worked with were very rude and caused a lot of dram...

    Arthur’s Answer

    You could have a claim against your former employer, but only if you can prove or show that they are knowingly supplying false information to employers who call. To answer the question you posted, Florida is a right to work state, but applies to unionized work forces and your right to work without being required to join the union as a condition of employment. I recommend you reach out to a lawyer of your choosing to discuss your potential claims in more detail. Best of luck.

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  • Can an employer force mandatory overtime on an employee who has care over a minor with no child care option and no warning of OT

    Understanding that requiring overtime is a part of business, but wondering if an employer can require an employee to come in on a scheduled day off when that employee has care of a child during that period. It would seem to me that this would con...

    Arthur’s Answer

    Short answer is that, yes, the employer can require you to work the hours it needs. If you refuse because you need to care for your child for non-medically related reasons you run the risk of being terminated. I recommend you speak with an attorney to determine how best to present your issue to the employer to provide you with protections. Best of luck and hope this helps.

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  • Can I sue for retaliation?

    I work for a child care center and last school term I was abruptly moved from the location I was originally hired for and had been working for a few months that was 10 mins from my home to the Downtown location which takes me almost an hour to get...

    Arthur’s Answer

    You have several issues going on here: possible pregnancy discrimination claim; possible disability (association) claim; and possible retaliation claim. I also recommend you reach out to someone who has experience and knowledge in all these areas, but that also has some savvy because this is an employer you are currently work for and I trust you'd prefer to keep your job if it was free from these actions. Best of luck in working through this.

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  • In Florida, is a corporation that hired you as an independent contractor required to give copies of all contracts?

    As an ice cream truck driver I signed contracts to lease a vehicle, and $300.00 was held back as security deposit. Many drivers are old and/or disabled; all guaranteed not to work during hazardous or dangerous conditions, or if you're ill. Some ...

    Arthur’s Answer

    This is more an issue of how practical is it to pursue the $300. Filing fee even for small claims matters is close to that amount. Hiring a lawyer to reach out to them for the $300 may be cost prohibitive too, but it is likely the only way they will be prompted to return your deposit. Best of luck.

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  • Wrongful Termination or Discrimination? Too late for either one, or do I still have a chance?

    Hi! I was terminated from my job around 6 YEARS ago, even though I had received a 4% raise and great performance reviews 5 MONTHS prior my dismissal. A new Manager was put in the place of my previous one exactly at the same time as when I was giv...

    Arthur’s Answer

    I agree with the others in that your claims have long expired, but write to point out that it is very important to address legal issues as quickly as possible. Statute of limitations are certainly one issue, but people move on, memories fade. Next time you suspect a claim proceed sooner than later. Best of luck.

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  • I recently quit a job and they took away my commission and drop me down to min wage for a past pay period, what can i do?

    I quit a job on the day we got paid, we have to go pick up our paychecks at the store. i quit and went to get my paycheck and the manager withheld my pay saying they will mail it to me. Now I just got my paycheck from the past pay period and they ...

    Arthur’s Answer

    You are entitled to your pay at the rate agreed upon at hire. Contact an attorney of your choosing to reach out to the employer. You claim comes with the ability to recover attorney's fee and costs. When employers learn this they generally pay up quickly. Hope this helps.

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  • Can your job deny you a copy of a written warning you are asked to sign? Do I have to sign it?

    I am being to asked to sign a written warning based on what I feel to be incorrect information. I realize I can add my statement for clarification but I am being told that A. once I sign it, they aren't sure if I can have a copy and B. I am only b...

    Arthur’s Answer

    Bottom line is that no employer can force you to sign any document, but refusing to sign can result in termination of your employment. You have no legal right to any paper you sign for the employer. Most disciplinary forms, however, are asked to be signed only indicating that you acknowledged receipt, not that you agreed with its contents. Hope this helps and best of luck.

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  • How do I insure I get unemployment from a co. I worked for?

    I was hired by a private company in NY, NY. I moved to Pensacola, FL to work for same company and was laid off after 6 months. I am now having a hard time getting unemployment benefits I should be entitled to. I worked full time for 40K. What do y...

    Arthur’s Answer

    Unemployment is determined by the State not the employer. It is possible that FL may need to contact NY to get access to that account or contributions. Put differently, the withholdings and contributions you were making may have gone to NY, not FL. Best of luck.

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  • Hello, I need a strong attorney with a will to win against a huge corporation for discrimination & hostile work enviroment?

    I have notified my corporate office & HR dept. I love my job but for the last 3 years, this has been going on long enough. I need someone that's strong, not afraid of corporate attorneys. I am a single mother, I'm discriminated against for that, a...

    Arthur’s Answer

    As others have noted, it will be up to you to select the lawyer you wish through AVVO or elsewhere. Lawyers on AVVO cannot solicit your business and, instead, you have to reach out to one of your choosing. You mention discrimination, but you are short on facts. I recommend you speaking to someone as soon as possible as there are deadlines that need to be considered. Florida law allows for the filing of Charge within a year, federal law 300 days and some county ordinances as short as 180 days. Best of luck and hope this helps.

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