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Matthew Dougherty’s Answers

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  • I was terminated from my retail position because they allege that i allowed a customer to leave without paying for merchandise

    i didnt knowingly allow this, the video footage they alowed me to watch doesnt even show any of this supposed jewlery. they had me escorted from the store with four police officers , threatened with criminal charges being filed against me (retail)...

    Matthew’s Answer

    In general, you could speak to a Pennsylvania Department of Labor agent about your eligibility; depending on state law, you might be able to draw unemployment benefits. You can contact them at 1-888-313-7284.

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  • Jobs for felons in Illinois?

    I have a felony theft charge from Texas on my record, I currently live in Illinois and looking for a job. Does anyone know places that dont do a background check or that hires felons? (I am in southern IL)

    Matthew’s Answer

    You could consider looking into sealing and/or expunging your record; I have no idea what the rules are in Texas on sealing, so you would probably need to contact a criminal attorney in Texas or do some internet research on your own. Good luck.

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  • Is an employer required to cover additional vehicle expenses if they are already paying mileage?

    I was a federal employee, being paid hourly and the IRS mileage rate for vehicle expenses. I hit a pothole in the road on duty. This caused a flat. I replaced the tire and attempted to be reimbursed for the expense. It was rejected on the grounds...

    Matthew’s Answer

    This should just provide you with general guidance, but you can review the reimbursement rules through http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/rp-09-54.pdf. I am not familiar with North Carolina law, but I would generally recommend that you contact your vehicle insurance agent and inquire about the situation, as s/he might be aware of the specific rules regarding a situation such as yours. I hope you can resolve this matter.

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  • Reduction of hourly wages

    Can my employer reduce my hourly wages because she wants me to perform a different position because of a medical issue. I was diagnosed with MS last year, performed my job with no accomodations or problems but my employer assumes this other positi...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Review your employment handbook and, if you are in a union, your collective bargaining agreement. There might be a provision that addresses hour and wage terms in a re-assignment situation. You might also consider contacting an employment lawyer near you about any possible legal rights that have been violated. I hope you can resolve this issue successfully.

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  • Basketball hoop in cul-de-sac.

    A neighbour has erected a basket ball hoop at the end of his driveway and many kids on the street use the cul-de-sac as their personal game court. The non-stop bouncing basketballs creates loud thumps that can be heard through the windows and wal...

    Matthew’s Answer

    Check to see if there is a Homeowners Association agreement for your subdivision or neighborhood.

    If there is an agreement, there should be covenants that are restrictions on the use of each property owners' land.

    Review the agreement to determine if there is a covenant that addresses nuisances, noise, or anything else that might cover this behavior.

    If there is such a provision, you should consider attempting to have your developer or subdivision governing body enforced the provision against your neighbors.

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