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Spencer Nathan Thal

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  1. What is another word for contributory negligence in a collections case? or is there one?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    2. Christian K. Lassen II
    3. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    3 lawyer answers

    Laches.

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  2. Do I need an attorney to review a simple separation agreement from my company? Any red flags I should look for?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    2. Stephen Robert Holden
    3. Jean E. Huffington
    4. Herbert J Tan
    4 lawyer answers

    You don't need to but it's probably a good idea and my guess is that it's a small investment as against the severance. If you'd like to discuss further please feel free to call.

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  3. A woman pulls into moving traffic and I hit her.

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Kenan Lee Isitt
    2. Spencer Nathan Thal
    3. Kevin Coluccio
    4. Christian K. Lassen II
    4 lawyer answers

    If you haven't already, you should report the claim to your insurance carrier.

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  4. I have accrued sick leave from 2012 if I go part time with my employer now does he still have to pay me for my accrued sick time

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    1 lawyer answer

    It depends on your employer, and whether there is any union contract or employer policy that addresses that issue. Otherwise, it is at the employer's discretion but most employers wouldn't view a change in status from full time to part time as a separation that would dissolve the sick leave bank, and that might even trigger a claim. So my guess is that they will honor the bank, but why not just ask them?

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  5. I slipped in gas station bathroom first 2 steps in. The wet sign was inside the bathroom. It was wet right at the door

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christian K. Lassen II
    2. Spencer Nathan Thal
    3. John William Ladenburg
    4. Robert Bruce Kopelson
    5. Michael Shemtoub
    6. ···
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    We handle slip and fall cases like this all the time. The gas station is likely to deny liability, which is why you need the assistance of an attorney, but on the facts you have outlined, I believe you have a claim and if you're interested in a free consultation, please feel free to contact our firm.

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  6. Do I Have an Employment case?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    2. Todd Matthew Heine
    2 lawyer answers

    There may or may not be a claim here, depending on so many factors including whether you have a union contract, the policies of the employer, your work history and the employer's stated and actual reason for lay off or termination. It makes sense to consult with an attorney.

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  7. Contigency fee agreement says client will pay copying, long distance charges etc...why and how much this can be?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Christopher Lee Thayer
    2. Spencer Nathan Thal
    3. Thuong-Tri Nguyen
    4. Crystal Grace Rutherford
    5. Joseph Jonathan Brophy
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    There is no rule regarding such expenses and they can be significant. If you're interested in a different fee and cost arrangement please call or consider other options as there are often many alternatives.

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  8. Hi im in seattle area i start working one local pizza place about 9 days ago and worked like more than 30 hours

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    2. Julie Anne Oberbillig
    3. John Robert Bonin
    4. Roger M. Townsend
    4 lawyer answers

    Yes, that would be illegal. An employer owes wages for all time worked, even time spent "training," where the employer directs that training. It sounds to me like you have a wage claim, but whether and how it is worth pursuing are strategic questions that you can decide after consulting with an attorney.

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  9. How do I deal/resolve this issue?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    2. John Robert Bonin
    2 lawyer answers

    You may have claims against the individual and/or the employer but the only way to assess the strength of those claims and develop a sensible strategy is to consult with an employment law attorney. I would offer a free phone consultation so if you're interested please let me know.

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  10. If a union refuses to file a wage grievance when there's evidence of employer misconduct what can be done?

    Answered over 1 year ago.

    1. Spencer Nathan Thal
    2. Marilynn Mika Spencer
    2 lawyer answers

    No. Unions owe a duty of fair representation to their members, but the law is clear that negligence is not sufficient to establish a violation. Candidly, it seems as though you are not pursuing the issue in the correct forum (contract negotiations, EEOC, grievance, and now a potential claim against the union), probably because you have not received good legal counsel from the outset. At this point, you may or may not have valid claims, but you really should consult with an attorney who...

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