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Lori Strobl’s Answers

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  • Fighting for my last paycheck from my previous job.

    Have talked to the legal aid project but have been told by them that it will take three more weeks before an lawyer will ever contact me. is there another way to receive help. because of these two months of fighting for what I earned I am now in e...

    Lori’s Answer

    You can also contact the Ohio Department of Commerce, Bureau of Wage and Hour for assistance with this matter.

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  • I was fired because my boss never told me my schedule?

    I had vacation time for 11 days and my boss hadn't made a schedule for me before I left so he said he'd call me when he figured something out. Two days after I returned from my vacation he still hadn't called so I decided to call him around 2p.m. ...

    Lori’s Answer

    Ohio is an at-will employment state, which means that you can be terminated for any reason or no reason as long as it is not an unlawful reason. You cannot be terminated because of your membership in a protected class (age, race, gender, disability, etc.) Additionally, you cannot be terminated because of your exercise of your protected rights (FMLA, Worker's Compensation, etc). Based upon your description of events, it does not appear that your termination would be unlawful. At the end of the day, it is your responsibility to inquire as to your schedule following your vacation.

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  • Can you be forced by a employer to use fmla hours when you don't have a complete diagnosis and may need the hours in the future?

    I woke up one day went to hospital with shoulder pain. after 3 days off work fmla papers were sent and was told I needed them filled out. I asked to not be put on fmla at that time due to not having a proper diagnosis and to get that diagnosis wou...

    Lori’s Answer

    I agree with Attorney Neel. Essentially, utilizing FMLA works to your benefit because it provides job protection. If you could have worked prior to seeing the specialist the physician did not have to place you off work the entire time.

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  • I broke my arm at work, not sure what to do, can I get some help please?

    Boss won't help, said if I turn it in he has to "close the doors for good."

    Lori’s Answer

    Your remedy is to file a Worker's Compensation claim regarding your injury.

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  • I was forced to resign from my job due to a hostile work environment and hear say. I documented my daily activities.

    New manager came in my life on the job became hell with hear say.

    Lori’s Answer

    More information is needed to adequately advise you. Hostile work environment, in order to be actionable, must be based on your membership in a protected class (age, race, gender, disability, etc.) or some other type of retaliation. You cannot simply assert hostile work environment, in the legal sense, because you have a bad manager. This is an issue that is better discussed in a confidential meeting with an attorney.

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  • Can you be fired from a job if the company doesn't follow disciplinary procedure in it's handbook ?

    I received written warning no suspension but was fired

    Lori’s Answer

    Most policy handbooks grant employers a great deal of discretion in making employment decisions, including whether to discipline or terminate an employee. The progressive discipline policy is considered more of a guide; not an absolute rule. Employers typically allow themselves latitude to accelerate discipline to termination, based upon the circumstances. I concur with the previous answers as to whether or not you are in a protected class. if you are in a protected class and believe that is the "real" reason for your termination, you need to consult with an attorney.

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  • Terminated because of market changes in a company. I was asked to sign a non employment form. Is this legal.

    This company is a sub company to a parent company which has several other names. Does this mean I can't find employment with any of their other companies.

    Lori’s Answer

    I concur with my colleagues answer. In order to be advised regarding what you signed (assuming you already signed it), the document needs to be reviewed by an attorney. The answer to your question will be dependent upon the specific language used.

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  • I was accused and fire without hearing my side of the story.

    while working at fuyoa through staffmark. an employee of fuyoa proceeded to the front of the line while at least a hundred new hire employees we're trying to clock out. I told the female employee that we are all waiting to leave you can't jump the...

    Lori’s Answer

    Ohio is an at-will employment state, which means that you can be terminated for any reason or no reason, as long as it is not an unlawful reason. You cannot be terminated because of your membership in a protected class, i.e., age, race, gender, disability, religion, etc. Nor can you be terminated for exercising your protected rights, i.e., FMLA, Worker's Compensation, etc. Nothing in your posting indicates that your termination was because of one of the aforementioned unlawful bases. I

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  • Was I wrongfully terminated?

    I was terminated based on a letter a coworker submitted to management. Management said that they did an investigation but I was never talked to about it, just immediately terminated. We had the Temester's union in place. We went thru all the arbri...

    Lori’s Answer

    Ohio is an at-will employment state, which means that you can be terminated for any reason or no reason as long as it is not an unlawful reason. You cannot be terminated because of your membership in a protected class, i.e., race, gender, age, disability, etc.. Nor can you be terminated because you were exercising your legal rights, i.e., FMLA, Worker's Compensation, etc. If you feel that the real reason for your termination was one of the aforementioned unlawful bases, you should consult with an employment attorney.

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  • Employer not letting me take a FTE job with Client who is currently my middle Vendor to end Client

    In Offer Letter I signed with my employer, there is a clause: I cannot join their Clients within 1 year of resignation. Ohio state law governs the agreement with my employer. Now my middle Vendor offers a Full-Time job after 9 months of service...

    Lori’s Answer

    It is impossible to interpret contract provisions in this manner. You would be well served to schedule a consultation with an experienced employment attorney to discuss this matter. Only after reviewing the agreements in their entirety will an attorney be able to properly advise you regarding your rights.

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