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Joel Efrem Cohen

Joel Cohen’s Answers

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  • What should I do?

    I have been working on my job now 3 year with any problems, but now we have a new supervisor that has allowed his views and opinions to spill over in the work place..mainly his views on certain races among other things that shouldn't be disgusted ...

    Joel’s Answer

    It would be wise to contact a licensed AR lawyer. One of us can guide you off-line (company lawyers also may wish to monitor this site) on what steps to take to ensure you're better protected. One word of advice--don't quit. It will land up likely hurting your case if you do.

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  • Can you file age discrimination and anything on boss needing place for her daughter to work.

    Terminated from work thinking its age discrimination. Also big boss needed somewhere to put her daughter in a job.

    Joel’s Answer

    The minimum requirements needed to file an age discrimination claim are 20 or more employees (who are on the payroll 20 or more weeks during the calendar year of the discrimination, or the prior year), and that you're 40 plus years old. If both items are covered, then I suggest you speak with an attorney about the issues (and proof of age discrimination) in your case. Note that there aren't laws covering (or against) nepotism (hiring the daughter) covered under Title VII (federal employment discrimination laws).

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  • Can I file a grievance or something?

    I'm pregnant. Made a mistake at work and they fired me but I did not have 3 write ups. I didn't think it was legal to fire a pregnant woman until she's had the baby? My mistake cost them $400 and I offered to pay them back and said I've learned wh...

    Joel’s Answer

    Texas is an employment at will state. So an employer can fire you for any reason (even a bad one), even if you haven't been written up 3 times. However, there are exceptions to this rule. In lay terms, one can't treat a pregnant employee worse/different than a non-pregnant employee. So if another comparator (employee with your same position) committed a similar level infraction (mistake), but wasn't fired, then you ought to speak with an attorney to explore filing a pregnancy discrimination charge. Also, the number of employees employed at this company may dictate whether you can even successfully recover money damages.

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  • What are my options moving forward?

    I quit my job yesterday, because my supervisor was continually harassing me. Things from name calling and cursing, to threatening me. I couldn't tell my department manager, because he and my supervisor are very close friends outside of work. I wou...

    Joel’s Answer

    You may want to contact a licensed GA lawyer soon to discuss your options, as well as the best way to strategically go about pursuing justice against your former employer, assuming you worked at an entity with the minimum number of employees required to file a charge.

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  • Can my employer legally withhold proof of insurance letter for taxes after job termination?

    I filed a discrimination lawsuit against my employer and settled. In the package that I was sent from the employer, it contained a request for me to send back to them, a letter requesting proof of insurance for the year of 2015. It has been 6 mont...

    Joel’s Answer

    You may want to speak with a licensed GA lawyer off-line (employers may view these posts) to see what action you may wish to pursue.

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  • Do I have a case

    I quit my job..Saturday ...my wife said she was sexually harassed by a manager on the same job...we have no documentation of the harassment but she said it ..so we called corporate ..

    Joel’s Answer

    Speak with a licensed TN lawyer to discuss strategic advice for your wife, and legal steps necessary for her to take. She may have a valid case. You likely don't have a case, for a variety of reasons.

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  • Do I have any legal recourse against the promotion/ hiring of a relative and the ageism circulating in my office.

    I work for an agency that is funded with fed $. In the past year a Director got promoted to Assistant Director reporting directly to the Executive Director. In December the Assist Director's daughter graduated college with a BA and Masters in an u...

    Joel’s Answer

    You can't do much about the nepotism, but possibly may have a valid age discrimination case, depending upon more facts/proof that you an attorney can discuss.

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  • Can someone please let me know if I have a case for harrassment? thank you!

    I have documentation of records of conversation and incidents of hostile working environment, anything from daily bullying/petty comments to physical aggression (gotten within inches of my face yelling) I have tried to resolve the issue with the i...

    Joel’s Answer

    So far, you've not provided many facts (other than suggesting you're the only one of your race) that would suggest you're experiencing racial discrimination or racial harassment. I suggest you consult off-line with a licensed GA attorney to discuss the specifics. Note that bullying is not covered by Title VII, meaning a company won't be held liable for you complaining to management simply about someone bullying you. If, however, you've specifically complained to management about racial discrimination, then in theory you'd have some protection. You may want to (in your consultation) tell some attorney whether you've also complained specifically about race (and perhaps have some proof or examples of disparate treatment, meaning the company treating you worse/differently than your non-minority co-workers).

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  • I've now requested reassignment to a vacant position but no response from hr. It's been 3 weeks since the request. EEOC next?

    Ada - reasonable accommodations. I'm employed by a property and casualty insurance company as a claims adjuster. I've been employed by this company for just over 2 years. I shared my history of alcohol addiction before they hired me as I wanted no...

    Joel’s Answer

    You may want to consult with a licensed TN lawyer regarding the most appropriate plan of action regarding the EEOC. Note also the TN statute of limitations (180 days) is another issue that you and the attorney should talk about (i.e. in one sense, having missed it, it may matter in the long term; in another sense, given the longer EEOC deadline, it may not matter in the short term).

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