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Robert Joseph Coursey

Robert Coursey’s Answers

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  • What are the Utah Final Pay Rules for the Timing of Final Paychecks?

    I was recently terminated as of last Friday. I have not received my final paycheck and now my employer is asking that I relinquish work files and my computer in order to have my check sent out tomorrow. Is this legal?

    Robert’s Answer

    In most circumstances, a Utah employer must pay an employee's final wages within 24 hours if the employer fired the employee (rather than if the employee quit) and cannot condition the payment of final wages upon the employee returning company property. I suggest you talk to an employment lawyer or file a claim with the Utah Labor Commission.

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  • Final Binding Arbitration

    I started a case against my former employer for discrimination and wrongful termination after securing an attorney who had no experience with binding arbitration. Employer is denying/lying about everything and their attorneys are strong The odds...

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree w/ the other lawyers who have advised you to get a second opinion. I will just add that it is very rare for a plaintiff in an employment discrimination/wrongful discharge case to have to pay the defendant's attorney fees even if you end up losing. That's true whether you are in court or in arbitration, and it's particularly true in California. Your current attorney should be able to explain that in more detail, and if she can't, that's a red flag.

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  • Someone I know was sexually harassed at work in Seattle, WA in 2009. What is the statute of limitations for filing a lawsuit?

    She quit as a result of that.

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree with Kevin, but will add that under almost any possibly applicable statute of limitations, it would be too late to file a harassment claim five years after the last incident of harassment. Depending on the facts, however, there could be other possible claims, so it's still worthwhile to contact an employment lawyer in your state to discuss this further.

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  • Do I have a case for unlawful dismissal?

    I worked a 77-hour work week to save my employer's start-up company from failing while he was away on vacation. At the end of the week I emailed him to let him know that even though I did all the work he expected of me, I was frustrated that he h...

    Robert’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answer. Did he pay you time-and-a-half your regular rate for the 37 hours of overtime you worked? If not, you should consult with an employment attorney or the U.S. Department of Labor.

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