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Joseph J Haddad

Portland Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. Do i need a lawyer

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Joseph J Haddad
    1 lawyer answer

    This sounds like retaliation, which may very well give you a basis for suit. However, you must be very careful about raising such a complaint in court when you are still employed with the company. If this is a position you value and you envision a long-term future, that future will be permanently jeopardized if you take legal action. Think about what you want to accomplish before fighting back-- is it more important to keep your job and let this blow over? Or would you rather sue b/c of a...

  2. I am dating some one from one of my competitors. can i get fired for that

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Douglas D Foote
    2. Joseph J Haddad
    2 lawyer answers

    Employers can, and sometimes will, terminate one's employment for any lawful reason, particularly in an at-will relationship. The situation is particularly sensitive if you have a No Fraternization policy that prohibits this type of relationship, or if the nature of your respective positions may threaten the safe-keeping of proprietary information by your company. However, even in a dog-eat-dog world, businesses know that love isn't very easy to find, and that most people spend their times in...

  3. Fired for not passing a drug test

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Joseph J Haddad
    2 lawyer answers

    No, this is not necessarily actionable discrimination, but could still be a violation of your privacy rights. Any employer who subjects their employees to "mid-stream" employment drug testing must have justifications for doing so. For example, if you work in a white collar environment, it is difficult to establish a basis or business reason for subjecting WC employees to random drug testing, whereas it is very easy to do so if your job entails the operation of heavy machinery. The pertinent...

  4. Can i sue a my employer for mental aguish with no phyiscal injuries

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Joseph J Haddad
    1 lawyer answer

    You should consult an attorney. Emotional distress damages are a component to wrongful and unlawful conduct in the workplace. Assuming you can establish liability, emotional damages in absence of physical injuries are available to you. J

  5. I was let go on 05/05/2010 and would have been at my job for 2years on 05/20/2010. my job will not pay me vacation pay.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Joseph J Haddad
    1 lawyer answer

    Pls speak to your local or state employment agency on this subject, but unless Indiana state law drastically departs from the norm, the answer to your question is, No. Vacation pay is not a benefit or term of employment that is typically mandated or required by state law, it is something that employers may give to its employees as part of a compensation package. Now, if your employee handbook or policies grant you vacation pay, and you satisfy the necessary terms to be entitled to vacation,...

  6. My boss copy without any approval my personal data, document and contact information from my personal USB stick, Is that legal ?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Arthur H. Forman
    2. Barry Eran Janay
    3. Joseph J Haddad
    3 lawyer answers

    Employees' privacy rights can be restricted in the workplace. Was your USB stick plugged into a company computer at the time your boss copied the data? If so, it may be very difficult to establish that the boss violated your privacy. Refer to your employment manual to see if it specifically provides for any rights re company equipment, technology, etc. Now, if your boss disseminates your personal data or otherwise uses personal information beyond the confines of the workplace, you may very...

  7. Can I do something to a former employer if the employees are making false statements about my work with the company to clients?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Mitchell Paul Goldstein
    2. Joseph J Haddad
    2 lawyer answers

    You may want to send a cease and desist letter to the employer to refrain from allowing others to make disparaging remarks about you or your character/reputation. Slander or defamation is a serious and commonplace tort that occurs in the employment setting, the difficulty, however, is whether you can establish any liability on the part of the company or employer. Are the false statements being made by managers or the rank-in-file? If the latter, you may have a cause of action against the...