J. C. Becker’s Answers

J. C. Becker

Mill Creek Business Attorney.

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  1. Do I have a slander case against a former employer?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Jean E. Huffington
    2. J. C. Becker
    3. John Arthur Bender Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    The other answer covers most of what I would tell you but you might also consider hiring an investigator to contact the former employer undercover as a prospective employer and see what else they will say. Strengthing your case for false statements/defammation or providing a sworn statement in defense of your former service (in the event the former employer does not say anything bad) will be worth the small investment you make in the private investigator...not to mention helpful for a lawyer...

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  2. Employment probation

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. Donald W. Heyrich
    2. J. C. Becker
    3. Okorie Okorocha
    3 lawyer answers

    It may also depend on whether there is a collective bargaining agreement (CBA) in effect at the time and if it covers probationary employees. Many CBAs set the probationary time by referencing the fact that employees are probation have no rights under the agreement but if the "no rights" period is set at 6 months in the contract, the employer cannot change it without bargaining.... If you have a union or guild check with them and if not, you probably need one!

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  3. Internet Spam/Fraud

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. J. C. Becker
    2. Anthony John Colleluori
    2 lawyer answers

    contact your credit card company and dispute the charge (they will do a charge back) and cancel the card as the number has been compromised. These types of scams are difficult to prosecute both civilly and criminally because they are operated accross state lines (or international borders) and they close down very quickly after ripping a lot of people off (the hit and run approach). The FTC also has a website for this, check it out at FTC.GOV

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  4. Is a rebate considered gambling:

    Answered almost 7 years ago.

    1. J. C. Becker
    1 lawyer answer

    I would check with the Washington State Gambling Commission, they would give you an opinion in writing that would be a safer bet than an online answer (pun intended)

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  5. Is a non compete still valid if you sign it and stop working for the company in the first 90 days of employment

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. J. C. Becker
    1 lawyer answer

    Perhaps. Washington courts will often enforce these types of agreements if it can be shown they were entered into voluntarily, with knowledge and in exchange for some type of consideration/value (i.e. a paycheck). The "trial period" you mentioned might create an enforcement issue especially if it is unilateral in nature, i.e. only gives them the right to reject you and not you them yet still leaves the non-compete in effect. This way they could hire their entire field of competition, have...

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  6. Traveling back via plane, safe?

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. J. C. Becker
    2. Vernon Paul Hein
    2 lawyer answers

    Not sure if you were flying yourself (general) or a passenger on commercial aviation but there are very specific import/export rules for general aviation that require approval in advance. Flying as a passenger however is different, if this was a case where they suspected criminal activity or copyright issues, you should have received a notice and receipt for any items seized. Suggest you give an attorney a call in the local area (where this happened) and ask them your questions as well as...

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  7. My flight was delayed and I missed an international connection.

    Answered 6 months ago.

    1. J. C. Becker
    2. Vernon Paul Hein
    3. Gary Ralph Ilmanen
    3 lawyer answers

    Airlines used to provide a lot more "comps" than they do today, mostly because the profits are so narrow now and because the laws have changed to give them protection from these types of claims/suits. Most tickets also include language which limits their liability to you as does several international conventions (you said international) with their defense being you assumed the risk when you agreed to board that we might not get you there on time. The airlines will also claim "force majeure"...

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  8. It looks like my employer is pushing me out. I know of illegal activity that they've conducted themselves in. And, they are

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Saphronia R Young
    2. J. C. Becker
    2 lawyer answers

    When you say illegal, do you mean violations of contract or state/federal law? Be careful when trying to negotiate using an employer's unlawful conduct as a bargaining chip. In Washington it may be unlawful to do so and even result in a criminal charge (extortion) if you are caught trying to trade "not reporting them" for money. Absent contract prohibitions, I always recommend clients report the unlawful conduct first to the appropriate regulatory agency and then you are both considered a...

  9. Can my employer not allow me to work without a final release date from a Dr kn a non work related injury?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. J. C. Becker
    1 lawyer answer

    If you are on L&I ask your claim manager to intervene on your behalf and get a light duty assignment. Employers are not required to offer them but L&I will encourage them through their own internal methods to do so. If you are in a union talk to them about any past practice for this issue, if you are not in a union and you are not on l&I (limited protection) see if your doctor will simply write a "tentative" return to work note for you since the employer may be already considering your...

  10. After a movant is denied summary judgment(Plaintiff in this case) I am defendant what is time frame to proceed?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Robert Adam Meyers
    2. Arthur D Leritz
    3. Dave Hawkins
    4. J. C. Becker
    5. Pamela Koslyn
    5 lawyer answers

    Depends on the jurisdiction, King County has a case management schedule which must be followed and you should have received a copy of it with the original summons and complaint. Other counties do not, and the standard rules apply which is that if there is no action taken on the record for one year, the matter is subject to clerk's dismissal (but that is without prejudice so the matter may be filed again or simply avoided by taking some action on the record). See below. Also, winning a...