Did you receive any type of physical injury from eating the gum? If not, even if you could prove they were liable you would have no real damages.
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First, have you filed for unemployment benefits? If not you should do so. Ordinarily if one quits they are not entitled to such benefits, but you appear to have a case for constructive termination, which is an exception to that rule.I would need more information to evaluate a claim against the employer. You would definitely have a claim against the co-employee.
I would agree with the above answers. An attorney has to review your entire situation and medical records before properly evaluating your claim. There may be indicators suggesting a need for future surgeries, for example, which could substantially raise the value of the claim.
It is important that you not settle your claim prior to knowing the full extent of your injury. You are still treating and you may have injuries which will substantially affect the value of your claim (as well as your own future).i
Sounds like the Saloon has the BFOQ defense used by Hooters, that the bartenders need to be female because they are part of the "entertainment."
I would agree with the previous answer. Writing bad checks also likely violates Indiana Wage statutes, entitling you to additional damages and attorney fees if the matter is not corrected by your employer within 10 days of having received a demand letter to do so.
Generally speaking, it is legal for your past employer to make truthful comments about you in a reference. It is not legal for them to defame you, although the definition of defamation is much narrower than people would expect. Often former employers communicate the necessary information without making statements that may be viewed as defamatory by simply stating the individual is not eligible for rehire, a term which is usually the kiss of death for prospective employers. There are...
Indiana has a lien reduction statute, which allows you to reduce the lien in proportion to the percent of recovery v. total loss. You can first reduce the lien by 1/3 (for the attorney fees in prosecuting the case), then by another 60%, since you only recovered 40% of the loss (assuming the loss is 1 m.)
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