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  • Is it against the law for my former employer to go up to my new future employer and tell them not to hire me

    My former boss at waffle house approached my soon to be new boss and told them not to hire me because once they did I would start sucking once I started working. Is that against the law ? The soon to be boss was only a customer

    Robert’s Answer

    You could have a defamation claim against the former supervisor.

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  • Can I be terminated from a job that I have already started if my criminal background is less than favorable?

    I have a misdemonear from 2001 on my record and I am currently working in a home healthcare office as the office assistant. I have been working here for 2 weeks and I had to be fingerprinted. I am worried that they are going to come back and fir...

    Robert’s Answer

    Yes. As an at-will employee your employer can terminate you for past criminal history no matter how small or long ago.

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  • I was miss treated at work discriminated against any advise

    Need help

    Robert’s Answer

    Contact an employment lawyer in Mississippi to determine if you might have a claim.

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  • My supervisor was recently reported to HR for his rude behavior towards myself & coworkers. He raises his voice & get in

    your face. He was written up in the past for pushing an employee almost out of her chair. He was on leave for a few days last week when reported to HR again but they have let him return to work. Can anything be done since we feel he's creating a h...

    Robert’s Answer

    It depends on why he is being hostile. If he is only being hostile to females, older workers, disabled employees, or some other protected category then you might could have a claim for hostile work environment. However, if he just being a bully to everyone then there is not much you can do in Mississippi unless he physically assaults someone else.

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  • Once off the clock can a business make you stay?

    I have a friend and where he works late at night when they close everyone leaves together after the store is clean. Twice when all employees where done they had to clock out and sit in the building for maybe 30 mins for more off the clock not alou...

    Robert’s Answer

    Anderson is correct. Your friend either needs to complain to the Department of Labor or hire a lawyer to file a case for him/her.

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  • In mississippi, is it required that upon leaving your place of work, that you have to get paid for unused paid vacation time?

    I am leaving my current employer after giving a 2 month notice and I have 40 hours of unused paid vacation time. I'm thinking that the owner will refuse to pay me for unused time.

    Robert’s Answer

    No. The only way unused vacation pay has to be paid upon leaving is if you have a contract that requires it.

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  • Can my employer fire me for a domestic violence misdemeanor crime I was convicted of over 9 years ago?

    I have been with the company for over 20 years. Nothing was ever said of it 9 years ago

    Robert’s Answer

    Yes. However, you need to look and see if there was some other motivation for the employer's action. There are sometimes that employers attempt to mask their illegal motives by referencing issues they could have fired you for years ago.

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  • Does the following statement in a teacher's contract mean I could possibly not get paid?

    "The payment of such salary is conditioned upon the availability of adequate education funds provided for salaries." I have never noticed this statement before in a contract so it makes me a little nervous!

    Robert’s Answer

    Not really, but it does cause some concern. As an employee you are entitled to minimum wages, which is $7.25 an hour. As a salaried teacher you would be exempt from being owed overtime wages; however, if they do not pay your salary then they could lose that exemption and owe you overtime wages if you work over 40 hours a week. You may want to talk to the school to see what they mean by that particular statement. I take it to mean that they may have to end your contract or lower your salary sometime throughout the school year if the school district does not have adequate funds.

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  • Job termination question.

    My background is industrial mechanical. Was hired by pump equip Co to handle a major account based on contacts and experience in the industry with the agreement would be trained. I was not. I was put in front of the customer repeatedly with no tra...

    Robert’s Answer

    The problem is that if you did not have a written employment agreement detailing your arrangement you would be a at will employee. This means they can fire you for not adequately performing your job even if that inadequacy was caused by the employer.

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  • My Husband was fired because his company thought he was guilty of a discrimination situation which he wasn't involved in.

    There were two different security guards working the same plaza. One or more business' called the company complaining that the security guard was threatening to burn down shops if they didn't fire people of a certain color. With no evidence that i...

    Robert’s Answer

    You should contact an employee lawyer in Mississippi to discuss his situation. He may not be able to do anything about the termination, but he may could pursue a loss wages claim.

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