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Steven Gregory Pearl

Van Nuys Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. Is it required to pay employess min 2 hours for a company meeting is only one hour?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
    1 lawyer answer

    It depends on what industry your company is in. California wage and hour law has many layers. Primary are the Labor Code, and the regulations - or "Wage Orders" - enacted by the Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC). If you check the IWC's web site, you will see that it has 17 "Wage Orders" for different industries and occupations. That being said, most of the Wage Orders provide: "Each workday an employee is required to report for work and does report, but is not put to work or is...

  2. Was I wrongfully fired?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
    1 lawyer answer

    I would recommend that you speak with an attorney who represents employees in retaliation cases. The California Employment Lawyers Association (www.cela.org) maintains a database of such lawyers. You can go to the web site and search for an attorney in your area. You also can call your local bar association for a referral. Disclaimer: This answer does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied on, as each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a legal problem...

  3. Possible violation of policy - under investigation - couldn't attend meetings because of disability - fired!

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
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    I would recommend that you to speak with an attorney who represents employees in disability discrimination cases. The California Employment Lawyers Association (www.cela.org) maintains a database of such lawyers. You can go to the web site and search for an attorney in your area. You also can call your local bar association for a referral. Disclaimer: This answer does not constitute legal advice and cannot be relied on, as each situation is fact specific, and it is impossible to evaluate a...

  4. Can employer terminate me because of performance knowing I have a.d.d.?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
    1 lawyer answer

    I would recommend that you speak with an attorney who represents employees in disability discrimination cases. The California Employment Lawyers Association (www.cela.org) maintains a database of such lawyers. You can go to the web site and search for an attorney in your area. You also can call your local bar association for a referral.

  5. Can I get fired for using work email acccount as personal email?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Pamela Koslyn
    2. Steven Gregory Pearl
    2 lawyer answers

    I have to disagree with Ms. Koslyn about this being a privacy issue, but I agree that your right to the bonus compensation may depend on the language of any contract that you may have signed. For example, California courts generally have upheld agreements stating that an employee must be employed on the date of bonus distribution to be elligible. On the hands, courts have held that an employer may be liable for breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing of the employer fires an...

  6. My fiancee work'[s at a tow truck company and he has been there for two year's 24/7 4 days off and gets commission is that legal

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
    1 lawyer answer

    You have not given enough information to give you a solid answer. California law generally requires employers to pay employees at least minimum wage for all hours worked, but time "on call" may or may not be considered "hours worked," depending on the particular facts of the case. California law provides that all amounts paid for services rendered are "wages," whether they are hourly wages, salary, or commissions. California law also requires employers to provide meal periods (30 minutes...

  7. Independent Contractor or Employee?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Dana Howard Shultz
    2. Pamela Koslyn
    3. Steven Gregory Pearl
    3 lawyer answers

    The primary question in determining whether someone is an employee or independent contractor under California law is the "employer's right to control." The issue is not the actual control exerted, but the right to control reserved by the "employer." There are a number of secondary factors that courts consider in making this determination. My firm represents employees in wage and hour litigation - exactly the type of problem that you are asking about. We would be happy to speak with you...

  8. Does one have to be an injured party to initiate a class action suit?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. James Albert Streett
    2. Andrew Daniel Myers
    3. Steven Gregory Pearl
    3 lawyer answers

    With all due respect to the attorneys who answered this quesion, they missed the mark. Two issues: First, the answer to your question depends on New Jersey law. You need to find a New Jersey attorney who can answer this question for you. Please contact your local Bar Association for a referal to a local atotrney who knows this area of the law. Second, while I can't answer your question under New Jersey law, I can tell you that many states have laws against anti-competitive behavior...

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  9. Can my husbands employer garnish his wages to get back sponsership money he donated a yr ago for a cross country race?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
    1 lawyer answer

    The United States Supreme Court has held that employers have no greater rights to deduct amounts from an employee's paycheck than any other creditor. An employer, like any other creditor, would have to go through the proper steps of obtaining and enforcing a judgment before deducting any amounts from an employee's paycheck. You may wih to contact your local Bar Association to see if they can help you find an attorney to help you with this situation. Best of luck.

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  10. Class Action Question - 2nd Request regarding exclusive neglect

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Steven Gregory Pearl
    2. Pamela A Wilson
    2 lawyer answers

    My recommendation would be to contact plaintiffs' counsel and the class administrator to see if there is anything that will help. Class counsel and defense counsel frequently will agree - with court aproval - to allow late claims to be considered. You need to talk to them first.

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