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Patrick Leo Mcguigan

Seattle Employment / Labor Attorney.

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  1. Are employers required to cash out your remaining PTO if you quit your job in Washington State?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    2. Saphronia R Young
    3. Patrick Leo Mcguigan
    3 lawyer answers

    Only if the employer's policy or practice is to pay unused PTO when the employment relationship ends. If there is no employee policy manual stating PTO will be paid, then a claimant would need examples of when the employer paid PTO in similar circumstances.

  2. How can I tell if I was fired legally under Washington law.

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Devra S. Hermosilla
    2. Patrick Leo Mcguigan
    3. Michael S. Haber
    3 lawyer answers

    Most employees in Washington and throughout the U.S. are "at-will" employees which means employers can terminate employment for "good cause, or bad cause, or no cause at all." Also, employees can quit at any time. There are exceptions to the at-will doctrine, for example employers cannot terminate for an illegal reason, such as discrimination. Also, employers cannot terminate an employee in violation of a puiblic policy, i.e. for asserting a statutory right. It appears your termination does...

  3. How much money can an employer potentially waste fighting a discrimination and retaliation case before the trial begins?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Adam Kielich
    2. Brian Heath Crockett
    3. Christine C McCall
    4. Patrick Leo Mcguigan
    4 lawyer answers

    A major factor in determining such a range is the amount of discovery that is likely to take place, especially when there is a lot of electronic discovery. It is not unusual for tens of thousands of emails to be produced by an employer, which have to be reviewed before production. There could be many discovery issues that would need briefing. So, the short answer is that it is extremely difficult to determine what the employer may spend in defending your suit. I will say one thing, you are...

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